Subject: Re: [Boost-build] New doc format.
From: Rene Rivera (grafikrobot_at_[hidden])
Date: 2018-01-22 03:04:18
On Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 4:59 PM, Rene Rivera <grafikrobot_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 4:16 PM, Steven Watanabe via Boost-build <
> boost-build_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> On 01/20/2018 10:49 AM, Rene Rivera wrote:
>> > On Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 11:01 PM, Steven Watanabe via Boost-build <
>> > boost-build_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> >> <snip>
>> >> What's more important is that it's essentially
>> >> folding two independent files which have no understanding
>> >> of each other into one. It's not too bad as long as you just
>> >> have a single adoc block at the top, but in general the
>> >> linear order of the code is not necessarily the order in
>> >> which the documentation needs to appear--fixing that requires
>> >> a lot of manual bookkeeping.
>> > That's a really good point. Although I've also found that any ordering I
>> > could program it to come out with, say with the --help system, would
>> > be wrong. And hence the best arrangement would only be possible
>> > with a bunch of bookkeeping. So I guess the key is to find a way to
>> > the bookkeeping to make it possible to arrange the reference
>> > in the ideal way.
>> I think I want the final structure to be specified in
>> a single place, outside the source. (I'd rather try
>> to keep the code readable and put all the fussy formatting
>> somewhere else)
>> So, ideally the documentation would look something like this:
>> include::asciidoctor.adoc // The default ordering just works
>> // We need to put things right manually:
>> // Organize the class hierarchy in a separate section
>> // and put them in the order we want
>> I think it shouldn't be too hard to auto-generate
>> tags wrapping each part. It should be unambiguous,
>> since it's the name of whatever jam construct is
>> being documented.
> Looks reasonable.
One thing that occurred to me after some stewing.. I would want to make
sure that there's still a mechanism for using custom tags (even if the
syntax is different than the asciidoctor syntax). I don't want to be
painted into a corner as to what kind of documentation structure I must
use. As the inevitable will happen and we will find contexts in which the
default doesn't work (or is not ideal). And I can't tell from the changes
if you preserved that capability.
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