Convert emacs lisp documentation to markdown all day every day
This tool will let you easily convert elisp file headers to markdown text so long as the file comments and documentation follow standard conventions (like this file). This is because when you're writing an elisp module, the module itself should be the canonical source of documentation. But it's not very user-friendly or good marketing for your project to have an empty README.md that refers people to your source code, and it's even worse if you have to maintain two separate files that say the same thing.
The recommended way to use this tool is by putting the following code in
your Makefile and running
make README.md (You don't even have to clone the
README.md: make-readme-markdown.el YOUR-MODULE.el emacs --script $< <YOUR-MODULE.el >$@ 2>/dev/null make-readme-markdown.el: wget -q -O $@ https://raw.github.com/mgalgs/make-readme-markdown/master/make-readme-markdown.el .INTERMEDIATE: make-readme-markdown.el
You can also invoke it directly with
$ emacs --script make-readme-markdown.el <elisp-file-to-parse.el 2>/dev/null
All functions and macros in your module with docstrings will be documented
in the output unless they've been marked as private. Convention dictates
that private elisp functions have two hypens, like
In order for this module to do you any good, you should write your file header comments in a way that make-readme-markdown.el understands. An attempt has been made to support the most common file header comment style, so hopefully you shouldn't have to do anything... The following patterns at the beginning of a line are special:
;;; My Header:: Creates a header
;;' :: Creates a code line (deprecated, see markdown notes below)
;; o My list item:: Creates a list item
;; * My list item:: Also creates a list item
;; - My list item:: Also creates a list item
Everything else is stripped of its leading semicolons and first space and is passed directly out. Note that you can embed markdown syntax directly in your comments. This means that you can embed blocks of code in your comments by leading the line with 4 spaces (in addition to the first space directly following the last semicolon). For example:
(defun strip-comments (line) "Stip elisp comments from line" (replace-regexp-in-string "^;+ ?" "" line))
We parse everything between
;;; Commentary:' and;;; Code'. See
make-readme-markdown.el for an example (you might already be
looking at it... whoa, this is really getting meta...).
If there's some more syntax you would like to see supported, submit an issue at https://github.com/mgalgs/make-readme-markdown/issues
Stip elisp comments from line
Trim spaces from beginning and end of string
Fix refs like
this so they don't turn adjacent text into code.
Makes a markdown section using the
Prints a section made with
Read all text from stdin as list of lines
Prints a line formatted as markdown.
Searches for next defun/macro and print markdown documentation.