HDMF Documentation Utilities
This project is under active development. Its content, API and behavior may change at any time. We mean it.
This project is a collection of CLIs, scripts and modules useful to generate the HDMF documentation.
Using hdmf-docutils to generate documentation for an extension: http://pynwb.readthedocs.io/en/latest/extensions.html#documenting-extensions
To cite this tool use: (HDMF Documentation Utilities, RRID:SCR_021341)
pip install hdmf-docutils
hdmf_generate_format_docs: Generate figures and RST documents from the HDMF YAML specification for the format specification documentation. Previously called "nwb_generate_format_docs".
hdmf_init_sphinx_extension_doc: Create format specification SPHINX documentation for an HDMF extension. Previously called "nwb_init_sphinx_extension_doc".
hdmf_gallery_prototype: Tool for prototyping sphinx gallery examples. Previously called "nwb_gallery_prototype".
hdmf_docutils/doctools/*: This package contains modules used to generate figures of the hierarchies of HDMF files and specifications as well as to help with the programmatic generation of reStructuredText (RST) documents.
- compare-hdf5-files.ipynb: This notebook illustrates how to compare hdf5 files.
nwb-docutils was renamed to hdmf-docutils and generalized to be (mostly) independent of NWB in January, 2020.
nwb-docutils was initially a sub-directory of the nwb-schema project. Corresponding history was extracted during the 4th NWB Hackathon into a dedicated pip-installable project to facilitate its use by both core NWB documentation projects and various NWB extensions.
pip install hdmf-docutils
For the purpose of this example, we assume that our current directory has the following structure.
- my_extension/ - my_extension_source/ - mylab.namespace.yaml - mylab.specs.yaml - ... - docs/ (Optional) - mylab_description.rst - mylab_release_notes.rst
In addition to Python 3.x, you will also need
sphinx (including the
sphinx-quickstart tool) installed.
Sphinx is available here http://www.sphinx-doc.org/en/stable/install.html .
We can now create the sources of our documentation as follows:
python3 hdmf_init_sphinx_extension_doc \ --project my-extension \ --author "Dr. Master Expert" \ --version "1.2.3" \ --release alpha \ --output my_extension_docs \ --spec_dir my_extension_source \ --namespace_filename mylab.namespace.yaml \ --default_namespace mylab --external_description my_extension_source/docs/mylab_description.rst \ (Optional) --external_release_notes my_extension_source/docs/mylab_release_notes.rst \ (Optional) .. tip:: Additional instructions for how to use and customize the extension documentations are also available in the ``Readme.md`` file that ``init_sphinx_extension_doc.py`` automatically adds to the docs.
make help for a list of available options for building the documentation in many different
output formats (e.g., PDF, ePub, LaTeX, etc.).
python3 init_sphinx_extension_doc.py --help for a complete list of option to customize the documentation
directly during initialization.
The above example included additional description and release note docs as part of the specification. These are
included in the docs via
.. include commands so that changes in those files are automatically picked up
when rebuilding to docs. Alternatively, we can also add custom documentation directly to the docs.
In this case the options
--custom_release_notes format_release_notes.rst of the
init_sphinx_extension_doc.py script are useful
to automatically generate the basic setup for those files so that one can easily start to add content directly
without having to worry about the additional setup.