roxygen2 6.0.0

@hadley hadley released this Jan 30, 2017 · 5 commits to c7f78fec5b017744249112bce214bcf91e267c89 since this release


  • Most fields can now be written using Markdown markup instead of the traditional Rd language. You can turn on Markdown globally by adding Roxygen: list(markdown = TRUE) to DESCRIPTION. The @md / @noMd tags turn Markdown parsing on / off for the given block. See vignette("markdown") for more details (#364, #431, #499, #506, #507), by @gaborcsardi

Improved inheritance

  • New @inheritDocParams allows you to automatically generate parameter
    documentation for ... for the common case where you pass ... on to
    another function (#512). Because you often override some arguments, it
    comes with a flexible specification for argument selection:

    • @inheritDotParams foo takes all parameters from foo()
    • @inheritDotParams foo a b e:h takes parameters a, b, and all parameters between e and h
    • @inheritDotParams foo -x -y takes all parameters except for x and y.

      The documentation generated is similar to the style used in ?plot
      and will eventually be incorporated in to RStudio's autocomplete.

  • New @inherit generalises @inheritParams, and allows to you inherit
    parameters, return, references, title, description, details, sections, and
    seealso. The default @inherit my_fun will inherit all, you can document
    an object entirely by specifying only the @inherit tag. Alternatively,
    you can select specific tags to inherit with @inherit my_fun return params

  • New @inheritSection fun title allows you to inherit the contents of
    a single section from another topic (#513).

  • @inheritParams now works recursively, so that you can inherit parameters
    from a function that inherited its paramters from somewhere else. It
    also better handles \dots as an alias for ... (#504).

Minor improvements and bug fixes


  • @aliases are no longer sorted alphabetically, but instead match the
    order of their usage. This gives you more control in pkgdown.

  • @describeIn now escapes special characters in function names (#450).

  • @family see alsos are added in the same order they appear, not
    alphabetically (#315). Fixed an issue where .s were sometimes added
    between words within a @family tag (#477, @kevinushey).

  • @author is rendered after @seealso.

  • @example gives a nice warning message if you accidentally use it instead
    of @examples (#494). Multiple @examples sections are merged (#472, @krlmlr).

  • Roxygen will no longer write out topics that don't have a name or title,
    and will instead generate a warning. This makes it easier to detect if
    you've accidentally used @rdname with an incorrect value (#474).


  • Non-primitive, internal S3 generics (e.g. 'rbind', 'cbind') are now properly
    detected as S3 generics. (#488, @kevinushey)

  • Ensure that functions with S3 class are still treated as functions (#455).

  • S3 method declarations via R.methodS3::setMethodS3() and function
    declarations via R.oo::setConstructorS3() are now supported
    (@HenrikBengtsson, #525).


  • You can now document setClassUnion()s (#514).

  • The default alias for S4 method now re-addeds trailing ANY signatures
    that are sometimes dropped (#460).

  • Back references are now wrapped over multiple lines, if long
    (#493, @LiNk-NY).


  • "_PACKAGE" documentation now generates a default @seealso combining
    the URL and BugReport fields, and a default @author field generated
    from the Authors@R field (#527). It now works from roxygenise(); before
    it only worked from devtools::document() (#439, @krlmlr).

  • Manually created NAMESPACE or documentation files are never overwritten,
    even if using roxygen2 for the first time (@krlmlr, #436).

  • Changes to DESCRIPTION (i.e. Collate: and RoxygenNote) now use
    the desc package. This will minimise spurious changes (#430).

  • default_data_format() has been renamed to object_format().

  • New roclet_find() provides a more flexible way to specify roclets:
    as roclet name (e.g. "rd_roclet"), in an package ("foo::roclet_bar"),
    or with options ("foo::roclet_bar(baz = TRUE)").

  • The usage of replacement functions uses non-breaking spaces so that <-
    will never get put on its own line (#484).

  • Roxygen now parses nonASCII documentation correctly (as long as UTF-8
    encoded or specified Encoding in DESCRIPTION) (#532, @shrektan),
    and ignores files listed in .Rbuildignore (#446, @fmichonneau).

Extending roxygen2

  • Deprecated register.preref.parser() and register.preref.parsers()
    have been removed. register_tags() has also been removed in favour of
    a new roclet_tags() generic.

  • roclet() (the constructor), roclet_tags(), roclet_process()
    roclet_output(), roc_clean() and now exported making it possible
    to create roclets in other packages. Helper functions roxy_tag() and
    roxy_tag_warning() are also exported.

  • new_roclet() is no longer exported - use roclet() instead.