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Style checker for Sphinx (or other) RST documentation

Project description

Doc8 is a opinionated style checker for sphinx (or other) rst documentation.


  • Ability to parse and validate rst files.


pip install doc8

To run doc8 just invoke it against any doc directory:

$ doc8 coolproject/docs


$ doc8  -h

usage: doc8 [-h] [--config path] [--allow-long-titles] [--ignore code]
            [--ignore-path path] [--max-line-length int] [-e extension]
            [path [path ...]]

Check documentation for simple style requirements.

What is checked:
    - invalid rst format - D000
    - lines should not be longer than 79 characters - D001
      - exception: line with no whitespace except in the beginning
      - exception: lines with http or https urls
      - exception: literal blocks
      - exception: rst target directives
    - no trailing whitespace - D002
    - no tabulation for indentation - D003
    - no carriage returns (use unix newlines) - D004

positional arguments:
  path                  path to scan for doc files (default: os.getcwd())

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --config path         user config file location (default: doc8.ini, tox.ini,
                        pep8.ini, setup.cfg)
  --allow-long-titles   allow long section titles (default: False)
  --ignore code         ignore the given errors code/codes
  --no-sphinx           do not ignore sphinx specific false positives
  --ignore-path path
                        ignore the given directory or file
  --max-line-length int
                        maximum allowed line length (default: 79)
  -e extension, --extension extension
                        check file extensions of the given type (default:
                        .rst, .txt)

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