doctools (short for documentation tools) stands for a set of related, yet different, entities which are working together for the easy creation and transformation of documentation. These are
- A tcl based language for the semantic markup of text. Markup is represented by Tcl commands interspersed with the actual text.
- A package providing the ability to read and transform texts written in that markup language. It is important to note that the actual transformation of the input text is delegated to plugins.
- An API describing the interface between the package above and a plugin.
Which of the more detailed documents are relevant to the reader of this introduction depends on their role in the documentation process.
A writer of documentation has to understand the markup language
itself. A beginner to doctools should read the more informally written
doctools language introduction first. Having digested this
the formal doctools language syntax specification should
become understandable. A writer experienced with doctools may only
need the doctools language command reference from time to
time to refresh her memory.
While a document is written the dtplite application can be used to validate it, and after completion it also performs the conversion into the chosen system of visual markup, be it *roff, HTML, plain text, wiki, etc.
A processor of documentation written in the doctools
markup language has to know which tools are available for use.
The main tool is the aforementioned dtplite application provided by Tcllib. A more powerful one (in terms of options and ability to configure it) is the dtp application, provided by Tclapps. At the bottom level, common to both applications, however sits the package doctools, providing the basic facilities to read and process files containing text in the doctools format.
- At last, but not least, plugin writers have to understand the interaction between the doctools package and its plugins, as described in the doctools plugin API reference.
RELATED FORMATSdoctools does not stand alone, it has two companion formats. These are called docidx and doctoc, and they are for the markup of keyword indices, and tables of contents, respectively. They are described in their own sets of documents, starting at the docidx introduction and the doctoc introduction, respectively.
BUGS, IDEAS, FEEDBACKThis document, and the package it describes, will undoubtedly contain bugs and other problems. Please report such in the category doctools of the Tcllib Trackers [http://core.tcl.tk/tcllib/reportlist]. Please also report any ideas for enhancements you may have for either package and/or documentation.
KEYWORDSmarkup, semantic markup
Copyright (c) 2007 Andreas Kupries <[email protected]>