I use a custom LaTeX environment that creates a quotation box on export. A sample code looks like this:

* Org-mode heading

Here is a witty quote from a witty chap:


Witty quote!


To maintain readability of the org-file itself, I would rather use something like this:

* Org-mode heading

Here is a witty quote from a witty chap:

** Witty quote :ignore:
:PREFIX: \begin{fancyquote}
:POSTFIX: \end{fancyquote}

    Witty quote!

On export the LaTeX code in PREFIX and POSTFIX is then wrapped around the content of the heading, the heading itself not being exported.

Any ideas?

2 Answers 2


Use special blocks:

 Something very witty!
  • The # at the line start was swallowed up for the begin and end directives.
    – éric
    Commented Aug 12, 2017 at 7:16
  • I accept this as a better answer than mine, because my link solution is less useful when dealing with a lot of content within the environment. Thanks for pointing out this feature. Commented Aug 12, 2017 at 7:29

I. The custom link type approach

One can define a custom link type, for example latexenv with org-add-link-type that wraps a specified latex environment around the text:

  1. Definition of the new link type with a babel code block:

    #+name: latex-env
    #+begin_src emacs-lisp   
     "latexenv" nil
       (lambda (path desc format)
         (when(eq format 'latex)
          (format "\\begin{%s}%s\\end{%s}" path desc path))))
  2. Use the link type with the desired LaTeX environment, for example fancyquote:

    [[latexenv:fancyquote][This text is within the environment fancyquote]]

II. The special block solution

As @éric pointed out in his answer, org-mode allows to use special blocks. Here is an example with a fictional environment fancyquote with parameters:

#+ATTR_LATEX: options: [Here]{There}{That}
Something witty!

This will export to LaTeX as:

  Something witty!
  • 1
    The correct sintax in #+ATTR_LATEX: :options [Here]{There}{That} Commented Nov 4, 2021 at 5:36
  • correct syntax! :-) Always happens.
    – Dox
    Commented Nov 30, 2022 at 2:23

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