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mkdoc - Extracts and optionally converts Markdown comments in source code to HTML
package require Tcl 8.6 9
package require Markdown ?1.2.1?
package require yaml ?0.4.1?
package require mkdoc ?0.7.0?
package require hook
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 command reads the specified infile and extracts the code comments introduced by the #' marker. If the outfile is either a ".html" or ".htm" file the Markdown is converted into HTML using either a default style or the specified style sheet cssfile.
All arguments are paths to the files to read from or write to.
The result of the command is the empty string.
See section Formatting for the supported Markdown syntax and extensions to it.
The command reads the specified infile, extracts the embedded documentation, and then executes the contents of the first example, i.e. ```-quoted block, found in the Example section.
Here is such an example which will be executed by the Tcl interpreter
#' ## <a name="example">Example</a> #' #' ``` #' puts "Hello mkdoc package" #' puts "I am in the example section" #' ```
DANGER, BEWARE. Failing to open the infile causes the command to exit the entire process.
Use of this command in a general context is not recommended.
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 mkdoc.md # converting Markdown to HTML mkdoc::mkdoc mkdoc.md 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
Set the document author. Defaults to NN.
Set the document title. Defaults to Documentation ____filename].
Sets the document date. Defaults to the current day.
Sets a custom CSS stylesheet. Defaults to the internal mkdoc sheet.
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.
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.
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