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mkdoc - Extracts and optionally converts Markdown comments in source code to HTML

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package require Tcl 8.6
package require Markdown ?1.2.1?
package require yaml ?0.4.1?
package require mkdoc ?0.7.0?
package require hook

::mkdoc::mkdoc infile outfile ?-css cssfile?
::mkdoc::run infile


The package mkdoc provides a command to extract documentation embedded in code and optionally convert these comments into HTML. The latter uses Tcllib's Markdown package. Each line of the embedded documentation begins with the special comment marker #'.


The example below demonstrates the conversion of the documentation embedded into the file "mkdoc.tcl" itself:

package require mkdoc
# extracting the Markdown
mkdoc::mkdoc mkdoc.tcl
# converting Markdown to HTML
mkdoc::mkdoc mkdoc.html
# direct conversion without intermediate file
mkdoc::mkdoc mkdoc.tcl mkdoc.html


The package supports the syntax supported by Tcllib's Markdown package.

It further supports a set of simple YAML headers whose information is inserted into appropriate HTML meta-tags. The supported keys are

Note that in Markdown output mode these headers are simply passed through into the result. This is proper, as processors like pandoc are able to use them as well.

See the example below for the syntax:

#' ---
#' title: mkdoc::mkdoc 0.7.0
#' author: Detlef Groth, Schwielowsee, Germany
#' date: 2022-04-17
#' css: mini.css
#' ---

Another extension over standard Markdown is the support of a single level of includes.

See the example below for the syntax:

#' #include "path/to/include/file"

Note, the double-quotes around the path are part of the syntax.

Beware further that relative paths are resolved relative to the current working directory, and not relative to the location of the including file.

Bugs, Ideas, Feedback

This document, and the package it describes, will undoubtedly contain bugs and other problems. Please report such to the author of this package. Please also report any ideas for enhancements you may have for either package and/or documentation.

Code Copyright

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