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MkDocs backend for Foliant documentation generator.

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MkDocs Backend for Foliant

MkDocs site built with Foliant

MkDocs backend lets you build websites from Foliant projects using MkDocs static site generator.

The backend adds three targets: mkdocs, site, and ghp. The first one converts a Foliant project into a MkDocs project without building any html files. The second one builds a standalone website. The last one deploys the website to GitHub Pages.


$ pip install foliantcontrib.mkdocs


Convert Foliant project to MkDocs:

$ foliant make mkdocs -p my-project
✔ Parsing config
✔ Applying preprocessor mkdocs
✔ Making mkdocs with MkDocs
Result: My_Project-2017-12-04.mkdocs.src

Build a standalone website:

$ foliant make site -p my-project
✔ Parsing config
✔ Applying preprocessor mkdocs
✔ Making site with MkDocs
Result: My_Project-2017-12-04.mkdocs

Deploy to GitHub Pages:

$ foliant make ghp -p my-project
✔ Parsing config
✔ Applying preprocessor mkdocs
✔ Making ghp with MkDocs


You don't have to put anything in the config to use MkDocs backend. If it's installed, Foliant detects it.

To customize the output, use options in backend_config.mkdocs section:

    mkdocs_path: mkdocs
    slug: my_awesome_project
    use_title: true
    use_chapters: true
    use_headings: true
    default_subsection_title: Expand
      site_name: Custom Title
      site_author: John Smith

mkdocs_path : Path to the MkDocs executable. By default, mkdocs command is run, which implies it's somewhere in your PATH.

slug : Result directory name without suffix (e.g. .mkdocs). Overrides top-level config option slug.

use_title : If true, use title value from foliant.yml as site_name in mkdocs.yml. It this case, you don't have to specify site_name in mkdocs.yml section. If you do, the value from mkdocs.yml section has higher priority.

If `false`, you *must* specify `site_name` manually, otherwise MkDocs will not be able to build the site.

Default is `true`.

use_chapters : Similar to use_title, but for pages. If true, chapters value from foliant.yml is used as pages in mkdocs.yml.

use_headings : If true, the resulting data of pages section in mkdocs.yml will be updated with the content of top-level headings of source Markdown files.

default_subsection_title : Default title of a subsection, i.e. a group of nested chapters, in case the title is specified as an empty string. If default_subsection_title is not set in the config, will be used.

mkdocs.yml : Params to be copied into mkdocs.yml file. The params are passed “as is,” so you should consult with the MkDocs configuration docs.


MkDocs backend ships with a preprocessor that transforms a Foliant project into a MkDocs one. Basically, foliant make mkdocs just applies the preprocessor.

The preprocessor is invoked automatically when you run MkDocs backend, so you don't have to add it in preprocessors section manually.

However, it's just a regular preprocessor like any other, so you can call it manually if necessary:

  - mkdocs:
      mkdocs_project_dir_name: mkdocs

mkdocs_project_dir_name : Name of the directory for the generated MkDocs project within the tmp directory.


Fenced Code Is Not Rendered in List Items or Blockquotes

MkDocs can't handle fenced code blocks in blockquotes or list items due to an issue in Python Markdown.

Unfortunately, nothing can be done about it, either on MkDocs's or Foliant's part. As a workaround, use indented code blocks.

Paragraphs Inside List Items Are Rendered on the Root Level

Check if you use four-space indentation. Python Markdown is stern about this point.

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