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Sensel Documentation

The Sensel Documentation is made using the mkdocs framework. It's a great framework for writing documentation in markdown then rendering it into HTML for the web. There are various themes available for customizing the look and feel. We are using a fork of mkdocs-material theme for these documents, which provides a Google material-like layout that is responsive and attractive.

If you find an error or improvement, feel free to log an issue. Even better, you can clone, correct, and make a pull-request on this repo.

If you are not familiar with formatting text in "markdown", here is a good cheatsheet.

What's In This Repo

  • docs - markdown files and images that make the documentation
  • material-sensel - theme files, generated from mkdocs-material theme
  • sensel-theme_gen - a modified version of the material theme for mkdocs, used to generate theme files
  • mkdocs.yml - configuration file for generating the documentation site

Modify and Edit

Make sure you have mkdocs installed.

Clone the repo for these docs:

git clone

The mkdocs.yml provides values for many of the parameters for building the docs. More info is in the mkdocs documentation.

The material-sensel folder contains the theme documents for the site's layout and appearance.

The docs folder has all the markdown files and images that populate the content of the documentation. This is where all of the editing and changes happen. If you want to see the changes in a browser preview, you can run

mkdocs serve

from the root of this repo.

The only files you need to edit are the mkdocs.yml file and files in the docs folder.


To modify the theme, you could just modify the files in the material-sensel folder in the morph-docs repo. This will quickly run into difficulty, since many of the parts are minified.

The best way to modify the theme is to use the modified material theme for mkdocs that is included in the sensel-theme_gen:

cd sensel-theme_gen
pip install -r requirements.txt
yarn install

Use yarn start to preview the documentation in a browser as you modify the files in the src folder to satisfaction. This simply previews changes using the documentation for the material theme as the content.

There is no need to edit anything outside of the src directory.

You can then render the final theme files to the sensel-theme_gen/material folder using the command:

yarn run build

Read the mkdocs-material documenation for more info.

Publish Documentation

NOTE: This is documented for Sensel - it's not something that needs to be done by the generous user who is making a pull-request for a fix or addition to the docs!

1.) Update Theme (if modified)

If the sensel material theme has been modified you'll need to update the contents of the morph-docs repo's material-sensel directory with the new theme contents.

You can use rsync to update the morph-docs with the current theme files from the sensel-theme_gen folder. From the root of the morph-docs repo, run:

rsync -avzur \
sensel-theme_gen/material/* \

2.) Publish Docs

Once changes have been made to the documentation, from the root of this repo, run

mkdocs build


mkdocs gh-deploy

to publish and update the live documentation.

Addendum: API Documentation.

This is more for Sensel's internal use. There are no secrets here, but it's not something germane to the github public. However, this is a good place to document things, so here goes.

Documentation for the raw API calls is generated using headerdoc. This pulls documentation from the source code, and converts it to html. The html files can be minimally processed with a shell script, resulting in files that can be included in the published guide.

First, generate html from the sensel.h and sensel_decompress.h files into the directory sensel-html:

headerdoc2html -o sensel-html sensel.h sensel_decompress.h 
cd sensel-html
gatherheaderdoc .

Now, copy the from this repo into the sensel-html directory. You can now run

./ sensel_h/index.html ./sensel_h.html
./ sensel_decompress_h/index.html ./sensel_decompress_h.html

to remove everything that's not in <body></body> and clean up the html a bit.

You are now ready to move the sensel_decompress_h.html and sensel_h.html files


Documentation for the Sensel Morph



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