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Skylight Documentation


bundle install as normal. rake server will run the dummy app server on port 3001. rake [test] will run the specs for both the engine and the dummy app. If you would like the browser to auto reload when you update your markdown files, after running the server, in a new terminal window, run bundle exec guard.


We've already mounted the engine in the Skylight Rails app:

# in config/routes.rb

mount Skylight::Docs::Engine, at: "/support", as: :support

Styles and layouts

In order to get the docs engine to use your application layout, override the Skylight::Docs::ApplicationController with the layout name.

module Skylight
  module Docs
    class ApplicationController < ::ApplicationController
      layout "application"


Previewing Local Changes (Tilde Employees Only)

To view changes locally, edit the direwolf-client gemfile to point to your local gem:

# Unset the current gem:
bundle config --delete local.skylight-docs && bundle

# Comment out the current gem
# gem "skylight-docs", git: "",
#                      branch: "master"

# Uncomment the local gem:
gem 'skylight-docs', git: "",
                     branch: "enter-branch-name-here"

# Configure the local gem:
bundle config local.skylight-docs ../direwolf-docs && bundle

# Discard changes when finished.

Adding New Markdown Files

Add all new markdown files to the /views/skylight/docs/chapters folder. Use GitHub flavored markdown (though this gem doesn't yet support checklists). Chapter filenames should be dasherized, and should start with an underscore and an integer that represents the chapter's position in the table of contents (e.g., Input all appropriate frontmatter following the pattern below.

The routes, index page links, and table of contents on each page are automatically generated based on what's in the /chapters folder, so no need to worry about that!

To see how they look, run rake server and navigate to http://localhost:3001 to see the results!

Be sure to include the following frontmatter in your markdown file:

title: This is the Title That Shows Up on the Support Index Page and as the Header for the Chapter Page
description: This is what shows up on the index and chapter pages as the description.

Optionally, you can include keep_secret: true to hide the chapter in the chapter index page and TOCs for other chapters and to keep the chapter from being indexed by search engines.

Make sure the Table of Contents for whichever page you're working on still makes sense when you're done! It's generated based on header tags, so keep that in mind when writing. If you don't like the automatically generated id, you can specify one manually with {#my-custom-id}.

Markdown Rules


Use link_tos for all links. We've implemented a custom link_to helper to maintain consistency of user experience. All anchor links will have the .js-scroll-link class added so that they get scroll-to functionality in the client app.

For example: A link internal to /support: <%= link_to "support page", "./support-page" %> A link to another page, not within support: <%= link_to "other Skylight page", "/smarket" %> A link to an external page: <%= link_to "blorgh", "" %>


You can create partials to include in multiple chapters. Just create an .md file in the /views/application folder with a filename beginning with an underscore (e.g. You can then include this partial in chapters with: <%= render partial: "partial_name" %>

Fenced Code Blocks

Add the language for the fenced code block where possible. e.g.

  # ruby code

For erb within a code block, add a second % to erb tags, e.g.

<%%= link_to "a thing", "" %>

Note Callouts

Use the note partial to call attention to special information. There are three types of notes:


<%= render layout: "note" do %>
  Here are some notes. HTML, ERB, and markdown are OK here.
<% end %>

Pro Tip:

<%= render layout: "note", locals: { type: "pro_tip" } do %>
  Here's a tip from the pros.
<% end %>


<%= render layout: "note", locals: { type: "important" } do %>
  This is important information.
<% end %>

Renaming or Removing Chapters

If you rename or remove a chapter, make sure to update the redirect hash in config/routes.rb.


There are rspec tests in ./spec and ./dummy_app/spec — run rake test from the root directory to run all tests.