PlantCV documentation is hosted on Read the Docs. Using Read the Docs allows the documentation to be versioned along with the code. Because Read the Docs supports static content build tools like Mkdocs, documentation can be written in simple Markdown format that will be built into HTML automatically whenever a new version of code is pushed to the PlantCV GitHub repository.
Updating PlantCV documentation¶
Follow the contribution guide to learn how to
copy of the PlantCV repository, edit files, and generate a
request to merge your updates back into the main repository. Changes to
PlantCV should generally be done in the
dev branch, which corresponds
latest version of the documentation on Read the Docs.
The documentation files are all located in the
docs folder. If you are
editing existing documentation, the Markdown files can be edited in any
plain text editor or in the GitHub web interface. See here
for an overview of Markdown format.
When adding new documentation, a new Markdown file should be added to
docs folder with a descriptive name. If the documentation page
will include any images, these should be added to as subfolder specific
to the new documentation within the
docs/img subdirectories. To keep
the size of the repository down, please only use
jpeg images at a
maximum width of
400px unless there is a specific need for a different
format or size. Please see other existing documentation files for
general style guidelines. Finally, new documentation files need to be
referenced in the
mkdocs.yml file in the main repository folder. This
is done by adding the new file as a node in the table of contents tree.
In the example below a new documentation file was added to the
Documentation, Tutorials, and Library sections.
pages: - Home: index.md - Documentation: - Installation: installation.md - 'New general documentation': new_doc.md - Tutorials: - 'VIS workflow': vis_tutorial.md - 'New tutorial': new_tutorial.md - Library: - 'Analyze color': analyze_color.md - 'New function': new_function.md
mkdocs can be used to test that the new documentation can be built
correctly locally before submitting to GitHub. From the root of a local
plantcv repository clone:
mkdocs build --theme readthedocs --site-dir _site
A clean build will output the messages:
INFO - Cleaning site directory INFO - Building documentation to directory: plantcv/_site
_site folder (ignored by git) will contain the static HTML files
that can be viewed with a web browser to double check that the new
documentation build looks as intended.
Once a pull request is merged into the repository, a new version of the documentation will be built automatically.