This GitHub repository contains markdown files for building up an online documentation for the Xikolo MOOC platform with ReadTheDocs. Here the basics about how it works is summed up.
A way of putting a documentation online is the combination of three tools:
Can be used for hosting and editing the necessary files representing the documentations content (the markdown files) and structure (.yml file)
This is essentially a python script, i.e. the technology used to build static html files as the output; takes the markdown files and the one .yml configuration file as input.
A webservice using MkDocs as one backend for building the documentation out of markdown files and hosting the html documentation site in the end; it connects to GitHub (or other sources) to read in the content (markdown files) and configuration (mkdocs.yml file)
- Log in here on GitHub, make sure you have owner status for this repository and
- add/edit markdown file(s) to update the content of the documentation
- if you want to reorder chapters or add new md-files, edit the mkdocs.yml and adjust order/filenames
- also adjust those changes inside the index.md file
- CAVE: but never rename the mkdocs.yml or the index.md files!
- you can also customize themes and build more complex document structures (follow the link to the manuals below)
- Log in at --> ReadTheDocs
- make a new build. ReadTheDocs will fetch the files from GitHub and update the documentary immediately. For more info about this process look up the ReadTheDocs documentation (link below).
... about ReadTheDocs:
... about MKDocs (the python backand ReadTheDocs is using to build an HTML site out of md-files):
... about Markdown