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The CodeChat Server for software documentation

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The CodeChat System provides a powerful literate programming authoring system to a variety of text editors and IDEs. Specifically, it provides a GUI to automatically render source code and/or markup documents to HTML, displaying the HTML document produced by the rendering process next to the source. For example:

<figure> <figcaption>

This screenshot shows the Visual Studio Code editor with the CodeChat extension.

</figcaption> </figure>

In ❶, the left panel shows a the Visual Studio Code text editor with Python source code. CodeChat renders this source code to ❷, the right panel, which shows the resulting HTML document. Finally, ❸ displays output from the build process. A splitter between ❷ and ❸ allows the user to adjust the build output size or hide it entirely. Below ❸, a status bar displays the build status and a count of errors and warnings produced by the build.

In addition to native support for Markdown and reStructuredText, the CodeChat System supports almost any external renderer via user-provided JSON configuration files. For example, CodeChat can:

  • invoke Pandoc to render a wide variety of markup formats;

  • use Sphinx to build project documentation;

  • call Runestone to create interactive textbooks;

  • employ Doxygen to generate documentation from source code;

… and many more. See the CodeChat Server documentation to get started.

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