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====================== README: Docutils 0.6 ====================== :Author: David Goodger :Contact: email@example.com :Date: $Date: 2009-10-08 11:52:42 +0200 (Don, 08 Okt 2009) $ :Web site: http://docutils.sourceforge.net/ :Copyright: This document has been placed in the public domain. .. contents:: Quick-Start =========== This is for those who want to get up & running quickly. Read on for complete details. 1. Get and install the latest release of Python, available from http://www.python.org/ Docutils is compatible with Python versions from 2.3 up to 2.6. 2. Use the latest Docutils code. Get the code from Subversion or from the snapshot: http://docutils.sf.net/docutils-snapshot.tgz See `Releases & Snapshots`_ below for details. 3. Unpack the tarball in a temporary directory (**not** directly in Python's ``site-packages``) and run ``install.py`` with admin rights. On Windows systems it may be sufficient to double-click ``install.py``. On Unix or Mac OS X, type:: su (enter admin password) ./install.py See Installation_ below for details. 4. Use a front-end tool from the "tools" subdirectory of the same directory as in step 3. For example:: cd tools ./rst2html.py ../FAQ.txt ../FAQ.html (Unix) python rst2html.py ..\FAQ.txt ..\FAQ.html (Windows) See Usage_ below for details. Purpose ======= The purpose of the Docutils project is to create a set of tools for processing plaintext documentation into useful formats, such as HTML, XML, and LaTeX. Support for the following sources has been implemented: * Standalone files. * `PEPs (Python Enhancement Proposals)`_. Support for the following sources is planned: * Inline documentation from Python modules and packages, extracted with namespace context. * Email (RFC-822 headers, quoted excerpts, signatures, MIME parts). * Wikis, with global reference lookups of "wiki links". * Compound documents, such as multiple chapter files merged into a book. * And others as discovered. .. _PEPs (Python Enhancement Proposals): http://www.python.org/peps/pep-0012.html Releases & Snapshots ==================== While we are trying to follow a "release early & often" policy, features are added very frequently. Since the code in the Subversion repository is usually in a bug-free state, we recommend that you use the current snapshot (which is usually updated within an hour of changes being committed to the repository): * Snapshot of Docutils code, documentation, front-end tools, and tests: http://docutils.sf.net/docutils-snapshot.tgz * Snapshot of the Sandbox (experimental, contributed code): http://docutils.sf.net/docutils-sandbox-snapshot.tgz To keep up to date on the latest developments, download fresh copies of the snapshots regularly. New functionality is being added weekly, sometimes daily. (There's also the `Subversion repository`_.) .. _Subversion repository: docs/dev/repository.html Requirements ============ To run the code, Python 2.3 or later must already be installed. Python is available from http://www.python.org/. The `Python Imaging Library`, or PIL, is used for some image manipulation operations if it is installed. .. _Python Imaging Library: http://www.pythonware.com/products/pil/ .. _Optik: http://optik.sourceforge.net/ Project Files & Directories =========================== * README.txt: You're reading it. * COPYING.txt: Public Domain Dedication and copyright details for non-public-domain files (most are PD). * FAQ.txt: Frequently Asked Questions (with answers!). * RELEASE-NOTES.txt: Summary of the major changes in recent releases. * HISTORY.txt: A detailed change log, for the current and all previous project releases. * BUGS.txt: Known bugs, and how to report a bug. * THANKS.txt: List of contributors. * setup.py: Installation script. See "Installation" below. * install.py: Quick & dirty installation script. Just run it. For any kind of customization or help though, setup.py must be used. * docutils: The project source directory, installed as a Python package. * extras: Directory for third-party modules that Docutils depends on (roman.py). These are only installed if they're not already present. * docs: The project documentation directory. Read ``docs/index.txt`` for an overview. * docs/user: The project user documentation directory. Contains the following documents, among others: - docs/user/tools.txt: Docutils Front-End Tools - docs/user/latex.txt: Docutils LaTeX Writer - docs/user/rst/quickstart.txt: A ReStructuredText Primer - docs/user/rst/quickref.html: Quick reStructuredText (HTML only) * docs/ref: The project reference directory. ``docs/ref/rst/restructuredtext.txt`` is the reStructuredText reference. * licenses: Directory containing copies of license files for non-public-domain files. * tools: Directory for Docutils front-end tools. See ``docs/user/tools.txt`` for documentation. * test: Unit tests. Not required to use the software, but very useful if you're planning to modify it. See `Running the Test Suite`_ below. Installation ============ The first step is to expand the ``.tgz`` archive in a temporary directory (**not** directly in Python's ``site-packages``). It contains a distutils setup file "setup.py". OS-specific installation instructions follow. GNU/Linux, BSDs, Unix, Mac OS X, etc. ------------------------------------- 1. Open a shell. 2. Go to the directory created by expanding the archive:: cd <archive_directory_path> 3. Install the package:: python setup.py install If the python executable isn't on your path, you'll have to specify the complete path, such as /usr/local/bin/python. You may need root permissions to complete this step. You can also just run install.py; it does the same thing. Windows ------- Just double-click ``install.py``. If this doesn't work, try the following: 1. Open a DOS Box (Command Shell, MS-DOS Prompt, or whatever they're calling it these days). 2. Go to the directory created by expanding the archive:: cd <archive_directory_path> 3. Install the package:: <path_to_python.exe>\python setup.py install Usage ===== After unpacking and installing the Docutils package, the following shell commands will generate HTML for all included documentation:: cd <archive_directory_path>/tools ./buildhtml.py ../ On Windows systems, type:: cd <archive_directory_path>\tools python buildhtml.py .. The final directory name of the ``<archive_directory_path>`` is "docutils" for snapshots. For official releases, the directory may be called "docutils-X.Y.Z", where "X.Y.Z" is the release version. Alternatively:: cd <archive_directory_path> tools/buildhtml.py --config=tools/docutils.conf (Unix) python tools\buildhtml.py --config=tools\docutils.conf (Windows) Some files may generate system messages (warnings and errors). The ``docs/user/rst/demo.txt`` file (under the archive directory) contains 5 intentional errors. (They test the error reporting mechanism!) There are many front-end tools in the unpacked "tools" subdirectory. You may want to begin with the "rst2html.py" front-end tool. Most tools take up to two arguments, the source path and destination path, with STDIN and STDOUT being the defaults. Use the "--help" option to the front-end tools for details on options and arguments. See Docutils Front-End Tools (``docs/user/tools.txt``) for full documentation. The package modules are continually growing and evolving. The ``docutils.statemachine`` module is usable independently. It contains extensive inline documentation (in reStructuredText format of course). Contributions are welcome! Running the Test Suite ====================== To run the entire test suite, after installation_ open a shell and use the following commands:: cd <archive_directory_path>/test ./alltests.py Under Windows, type:: cd <archive_directory_path>\test python alltests.py You should see a long line of periods, one for each test, and then a summary like this:: Ran 518 tests in 24.653s OK Elapsed time: 26.189 seconds The number of tests will grow over time, and the times reported will depend on the computer running the tests. The difference between the two times represents the time required to set up the tests (import modules, create data structures, etc.). If any of the tests fail, please `open a bug report`_, `send email`_, or post a message via the `web interface`_. Please include all relevant output, information about your operating system, Python version, and Docutils version. To see the Docutils version, use these commands in the shell:: cd ../tools ./quicktest.py --version Windows users type these commands:: cd ..\tools python quicktest.py --version .. _open a bug report: http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=38414&atid=422030 .. _send email: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ?subject=Test%20suite%20failure .. _web interface: http://post.gmane.org/post.php ?group=gmane.text.docutils.user&subject=Test+suite+failure Getting Help ============ If you have questions or need assistance with Docutils or reStructuredText, please post a message to the Docutils-users_ mailing list. .. _Docutils-users: docs/user/mailing-lists.html#docutils-users .. Local Variables: mode: indented-text indent-tabs-mode: nil sentence-end-double-space: t fill-column: 70 End: