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Language-specific docs inheritance between documentation versions


  1. If a documentation directory for a specific version does not contain any markdown file related to a documentation page, then all the documentation pages are inherited from the previous documentation version.
  2. If a documentation directory contains any markdown file for a documentation page (for example - dotnet only), then the parser assumes that the current version has an entirely new set of documents. No document from the previous version is inherited.

This behavior ensures us that we don't show obsolete inherited documents for a documentation version. There is a reason why a new language-specific documentation page was introduced for a doc version (for example, the API was changed). This means that all other languages should be also treated as different from the previous version.


In the case of client-api/data-subscriptions/creation/examples, we have these files in the directories:

  • v4.0: dotnet, java, js
  • v4.1: dotnet, java
  • v4.2: dotnet
  • v5.0: no documents

So for v4.1 the parser assumes that the v4.1 version should support dotnet and java. No document from v4.0 is inherited.

The v5.0 directory does not contain any related document, so the documents are inherited from the previous version. v4.2 contains only dotnet document, so v5.0 will support dotnet only.

Fixing missing language page

In order to fix the missing language page, the related markdown file should be copied from the previous version. The pasted file should be analyzed to indicate what needs to be updated for the current documentation version.

Adding new documentation version

  1. Add Documentation/[[version]]/Raven.Documentation.Pages/Raven.Documentation.Pages.csproj project. Make sure that it references the correct RavenDB nuget packages versions.
  2. Add Documentation/[[version]]/Samples/csharp/Raven.Documentation.Samples/Raven.Documentation.Samples.csproj project, similarly as above.
  3. Add version to the AllVersions list in Raven.Documentation.Web.Core.ViewModels.DocsVersion.
  4. Run scripts/populateDocsJson.ps1 in order to populate the correct directory structure and .docs.json files in the newly added Raven.Documentation.Pages project. Please check the script parameters for details.
  5. Add version to the RouteConfig.RouteAvailableVersions constant.

Changing document location between versions

For example, let's say in v4.1 there is a document introduced in the path a/b. It is present in this location also for v4.2. But in v5.0, it was moved to c/d.


First, you need to tell each version how to reach the new location for a moved document. This is done by adding document mappings.

In the example described above, you need to add the following mappings:

  • in v4.1:
"Mappings": [
        "Version": 5.0,
        "Key": "c/d"
  • in v4.2:
"Mappings": [
        "Version": 5.0,
        "Key": "c/d"
  • in v5.0:
"Mappings": [
        "Version": 4.1,
        "Key": "a/b"
        "Version": 4.2,
        "Key": "a/b"

Basically, both v4.1 and v4.2 need to know where to go to when v5.0 is selected from the version dropdown. The same goes for v5.0 when you want to reach v4.1 or v4.2.

Last supported version

The document bubbling algorithm assumes that each document will be present in the version it was introduced in and in all the consecutive versions. You can explicitly define the last supported version of an article in the given location to stop this behavior.

For this particular example, the article introduced in v4.1 in location a/b will be present in this location for v4.2, v5.0 etc. Assuming that the article was added to a new location in v5.0, you will end up with two articles: 5.0/a/b and 5.0/c/d. This will ignore the defined mappings.

In order to fix this, you need to tell the algorithm that the last supported version for location a/b is v4.2. You do this by adding the following entries to the related .docs.json file entries:

"LastSupportedVersion": "4.2"

This will tell the algorithm that it shouldn't generate the documentation page for v5.0 and all consecutive versions.

Important: you need to add the LastSupportedVersion entry to .docs.json for each version where a related documentation markdown file exists.

The algorithm skips the LastSupportedVersion analysis for the entries that don't have the markdown file present in the folder. If there are multiple markdown files for different versions, the algorithm will merge their supported versions. If there is no LastSupportedVersion entry for a given document page version, the algorithm will assume that all the consecutive versions are supported.

For example, let's assume that there are documentation files in both 4.1/a/b.markdown and 4.2/a/b.markdown locations. This means that you need to add the "LastSupportedVersion": "4.2" entries for both v4.1 and v4.2 .docs.json files. If you forget to do this for v4.2, the algorithm will assume that there is no supported version cap (for v4.2) and will generate the documentation pages for all consecutive versions.