[IPython-dev] IPython documentation

Brian Granger ellisonbg.net at gmail.com
Thu Jun 12 14:41:07 EDT 2008

On Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 6:58 PM, Fernando Perez <fperez.net at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 3:35 PM, Brian Granger <ellisonbg.net at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> So, I have finished merging in the ipython1 documentation into IPython
>> proper.  Now all the docs are in one place.
>> In addition to doing this merge, I have taken the liberty of
>> completely reorganizing the docs.  Previously, the IPython docs were a
>> single rst file, which was really awkward and didn't take advantage of
>> Sphinx's nice features.  In the process of doing all this, I realized
>> that the IPython docs (not the parallel computing stuff) need quite a
>> bit of care and attention.  I would like to see if we can get people
>> to put in time to get our docs back up to where they should be.  Here
>> is what I am thinking:
> Thanks for doing this, it was needed.  For one thing, search was
> broken with the single-file one.
> One thing that I've been mulling is using the new scipy doc system
> http://sd-2116.dedibox.fr/pydocweb/wiki/Front%20Page/
> for the manuals as well.  I know it's doable, I just don't know right
> now how closely tied to docstring editing (the original purpose) it
> is.  Stefan can tell us...

Something like this would be a huge help.  I agree with you that it is
likely that it can be done, but we would need to make sure that it can
handle all of the custom Sphinx rst directives.  I would be very
curious to heard from Stefan on this

At the same time, I strongly feel that our new Sphinx/rst based docs
are nice enough that we have no excuses for not writing great
documentation :)


> Cheers,
> f

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