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Skylight Documentation


rake setup will bundle install both the engine and dummy app dependencies. rake or rake server will install dependencies and run the dummy app server on port 3001. 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.


Just mount the engine and you're good to go! In the Skylight Rails app, we have done it like so:

# 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"


Adding New Markdown Files

Add all new markdown files to the /source folder. Use GitHub flavored markdown (though this gem doesn't yet support checklists). Filenames should be dasherized. 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 /source 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.

Markdown Rules


Use link_tos for all links. We've implemented a custom link_to helper to maintain consistency of user experience. All external links (those starting with 'http') will be opened in a new tab. All anchor links will have the .js-scroll-link class added so that they get scroll-to functionality in the client app. NOTE: We have not yet implemented &block functionality in the helper.

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.erb file in the partials folder with a filename beginning with an underscore (e.g. You can then include this partial in chapters with: <%= render partial: "partial_name" %>

Note: blocks are currently not supported in our partials, but you can use locals.

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 partial: "note", locals: {note: "Here are some notes. HTML is OK but ERB and markdown don't work yet."} %>

Pro Tip:

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


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

Renaming or Removing Chapters

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


Run Rspec tests in the typical fashion - just enter rspec in the terminal from the /docs directory.