[Numpy-svn] r4083 - trunk/numpy/doc

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Sun Sep 23 06:14:08 CDT 2007

Author: jarrod.millman
Date: 2007-09-23 06:14:05 -0500 (Sun, 23 Sep 2007)
New Revision: 4083

updating file extension to .txt

Deleted: trunk/numpy/doc/HOWTO_DOCUMENT.py
--- trunk/numpy/doc/HOWTO_DOCUMENT.py	2007-09-23 11:12:12 UTC (rev 4082)
+++ trunk/numpy/doc/HOWTO_DOCUMENT.py	2007-09-23 11:14:05 UTC (rev 4083)
@@ -1,112 +0,0 @@
-How-to document NumPy/SciPy
-.. Contents::
-It is desireable that both NumPy and SciPy follow a convention for docstrings
-that provide for some consistency while also allowing epydoc to produce
-nicely-formatted reference guides. However, such a convention has not yet
-been decided on. This is my current thinking on the topic.  If you have
-suggestions for improvements, post them on the numpy-dev list together with
-the epydoc output so they may be discussed.
-The docstring format uses reST syntax as interpreted by epydoc. The markup
-in this proposal is as basic as possible and in particular avoids the use of
-epydoc consolidated fields. This is both because there are a limited number
-of such fields, inadequate to our current needs, and because epydoc moves
-the fields to the end of the documentation, messing up the ordering. So here
-standard definition lists are used instead.  Likewise, epydoc moves headings
-and have an unwelcome size in the default style sheet, hence they have also
-been avoided.
-A maximum line width of 79 is suggested, as this will allow the docstrings to
-display on standard terminals. This convention is a bit old and traces back
-to IBM punchcard days, but still seems to be the standard.
-Using Epydoc
-1) You can run epydoc on this file like so:
-$ epydoc HOWTO_DOCUMENT.txt
-The output will be in a directory named html in the same directory as this
-document and may be viewed by loading the index.html file into your browser.
-2) The developmental version of epydoc, version 3.0 beta or later, is
-suggested as it is faster and produces better looking output. Epydoc can be
-downloaded from http://epydoc.sourceforge.net/
-3) The appearance of some elements can be changed in the epydoc.css
-style sheet. The list headings, i.e. *Parameters*:, are emphasized text, so
-their appearance is controlled by the definition of the <em>
-tag. For instance, to make them bold, insert
-em     {font-weight: bold;}
-The variables' types are in a span of class rst-classifier, hence can be
-changed by inserting something like:
-span.rst-classifier     {font-weight: normal;}
-4) The first line of the signature should **not** copy the signature unless
-the function is written in C, in which case it is mandatory.  If the function
-signature is generic (uses *args or **kwds), then a function signature may be
-5) Use optional in the "type" field for parameters that are non-keyword
-optional for C-functions.
-6) The Other Parameters section is for functions taking a lot of keywords
-which are not always used or neeeded and whose description would clutter then
-main purpose of the function. (Comment by Chuck : I think this should be
-rarely used, if at all)
-7) The See Also section can list additional related functions.  The purpose
-of this section is to direct users to other functions they may not be aware
-of or have easy means to discover (i.e. by looking at the docstring of the
-module).  Thus, repeating functions that are in the same module is not useful
-and can create a cluttered document.  Please use judgement when listing
-additional functions.  Routines that provide additional information in their
-docstrings for this function may be useful to include here.
-8) The Notes section can contain algorithmic information if that is useful.
-9) The Examples section is strongly encouraged.  The examples can provide a
-mini-tutorial as well as additional regression testing. (Comment by Chuck:
-blank lines in the numpy output, for instance in multidimensional arrays,
-will break doctest.) You can run the tests by doing
->>> import doctest
->>> doctest.testfile('HOWTO_DOCUMENT.txt')
-Common reST concepts:
-A reST-documented module should define
-  __docformat__ = 'restructuredtext en'
-at the top level in accordance with PEP 258.  Note that the __docformat__
-variable in a package's __init__.py file does not apply to objects defined in
-subpackages and submodules.
-For paragraphs, indentation is significant and indicates indentation in the
-output. New paragraphs are marked with blank line.
-Use *italics*, **bold**, and ``courier`` if needed in any explanations (but
-not for variable names and doctest code or multi-line code)
-Use :lm:`eqn` for in-line math in latex format (remember to use the
-raw-format for your text string or escape any '\' symbols). Use :m:`eqn` for
-non-latex math.
-A more extensive example of reST markup can be found here:
-An example follows. Line spacing and indentation are significant and should
-be carefully followed.

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