Extension for Foliant documentation tool to generatealternative chapters structure.
AltStructure is a config extension for Foliant to generate alternative chapter structure based on metadata.
It adds an
alt_structure preprocessor and resolves
!alt_structure YAML tags in the project config.
$ pip install foliantcontrib.alt_structure
Options for AltStructure are specified in the
alt_structure section at the root of Foliant config file:
alt_structure: structure: - "topic/entity" - "additional" sep: '/' add_unmatched_to_root: false registry: topic: auth: Аутентификация и авторизация weather: Погода entity: test_case: Тест кейсы spec: Спецификации
: (required) List of structure strings (or lists), each of them representing a branch in chapters structure.
: separator for structure strings (ignored for structure lists). Deafault:
true, all chapters that weren't matched to structure in metadata will be added to root of the chapter tree. If
false — they will be ignored. Default:
: A dictionary which defines aliases for chapter tree categories.
Preprocessor has just one option:
preprocessors: - alt_structure: create_subfolders: true
true, preprocessor will create a full copy of the working_dir and add it to the beginning of all filepaths in the generated structure. If
false — preprocessor doesn't do anything. Default:
!alt_structure tag to your chapters in the place where you expect new structure to be generated. It accepts one argument: list of chapters, which will be scanned.
chapters: - basic: # <-- this is _chapter tree category_ - auth/auth.md - index.md - auth/test_auth.md - auth/test_auth_aux.md - weather.md - glossary.md - auth/spec_auth.md - test_weather.md - Alternative: !alt_structure - auth/auth.md - index.md - auth/test_auth.md - auth/test_auth_aux.md - weather.md - glossary.md - auth/spec_auth.md - test_weather.md
AltStructure extension introduces a lot of new notions so to make sure we are on the same page, let's agree on some terms. Chapter tree category is a mapping with single key which you add to your chapter list to create hierarchy.
Alternative:are categories in this example.
You can also utilize YAML anchors and aliases, but in this case, because of language limitation you need to supply alias inside a list. Let's use it to get the same result as the above, but in a more compact way:
chapters: - basic: &basic - auth/auth.md - index.md - auth/test_auth.md - auth/test_auth_aux.md - weather.md - glossary.md - auth/spec_auth.md - test_weather.md - Alternative: !alt_structure [*basic]
Next you need to define the structure in
structure parameter of extension config. It is defined by list of node types, or a single string with node types, divided by separators. For example:
alt_structure: structure: - ['topic', 'entity'] # list with two node types - 'additional/glossaries' # single string with two node types and separator /
These names of the node types are arbitrary, you can use any words you like except
Open your source md-files and edit their main meta sections. Main meta section is a section, defined before the first heading in the document (check metadata documentation for details). Add a mapping with nodes for this chapter under the key
--- structure: topic: auth # <-- node type: node name entity: spec --- # Specification for authorization
entity are node types, which are part of our structure (step 2).
spec are node names. After applying
!alt_structure tag nodes will be converted into chapter tree categories. Node type defines the level of the category and node name defines the caption of the category.
We've added two nodes to the
structure field of chapter metadata:
topic: auth and
entity: spec. In the structure that we've defined on step 2 the
topic goes first and
entity — second. So after applying the tag, this chapter will appear in config like this:
- auth: - spec: - auth_spec.md
If we'd stated only
topic key in metadata, then it would look like this:
- auth: - auth_spec.md
Now let's fill up registry. We used
auth in our metadata for node names, but these words don't look pretty in the documents. Registry allows us to set verbose captions for node names in config:
alt_structure: structure: - ['topic', 'entity'] - 'additional/glossaries' registry: topic: auth: Authentication and Authorization entity: spec: Specifications
With such registry now our new structure will look like this:
- Authentication and Authorization: - Specifications: - auth_spec.md
Special node types
In the step 2 of the user guide above we've mentioned that you may choose any node names in the structure except
subfolder. These are special note types and here's how you can use them.
For example, if our structure looks like this:
alt_structure: structure: - ['topic', 'entity']
and our chapter's metadata looks like this:
--- structure: foo: bar ---
foo: bar is not part of the structure, so applying the
!alt_structure tag it will just be ignored (unless
add_unmatched_to_root is set to
true in config). But what if you want to add it to the root of your chapter tree?
To do that — add the
root node to your metadata:
--- structure: foo: bar root: true # the value of the key `root` is ignored, we use `true` for clarity ---
Please note that if you add
root: true to meta, the chapter will be sent to root of your tree only if it wasn't matched by your structure definition.
So in the following example it will still appear under node
root: true will be ignored:
--- structure: topic: auth root: true # ignored ---
subfolder node in chapter's metadata you can manually add another chapter tree category to any chapter.
--- structure: topic: auth entity: spec subfolder: Main specifications ---
After applying tag the new structure will look like this:
- auth: - spec: - Main specifications: - auth_spec.md
By default the
!alt_structure tag only affects the
chapters section of your foliant.yml. This may lead to situation when the same file is mentioned several times in the
chapters section. While most backends are fine with that — they will just publish the file two times, MkDocs does not handle this situation well.
That's where you will need to add the preprocessor
alt_structure to your preprocessors list. Preprocessor creates a subfolder in the working_dir and copies the entier working_dir contents into it. Then it inserts the subfolder name into the beginning of all chapters paths in the alternative structure.
Important: It is recommended to add this preprocessor to the end of the preprocessors list.
preprocessors: ... alt_structure: create_subfolders: true
Note, that the parameter
create_subfolders is not necessary, it is
true by default. But we recommend to state it anyway for clarity.
After applying the tag, your new structure will now look like this:
- Authentication and Authorization: - Specifications: - alt1/auth_spec.md
The contents of the working_dir were copied into a subdir
alt1, and new structure refers to the files in this subdir.
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