Docutils: Documentation Utilities

Written in Python, for General- and Special-Purpose Use

Docutils is an open-source text processing system for processing plaintext documentation into useful formats, such as HTML, LaTeX, man-pages, open-document or XML. It includes reStructuredText, the easy to read, easy to use, what-you-see-is-what-you-get plaintext markup language.


Overview

To get up & running quickly, see the Quick-Start section of the README file.

All documentation can be reached from the Docutils Project Documentation Overview.

To the developers of an open source project, feedback is a great motivator and is very welcome. We also rely on feedback for determining what features to implement. Thus, if you tell us what you need, you may just get it! Please post any feedback to the Docutils-users mailing list.

All discussion about Docutils takes place on the mailing lists.

If you find a bug, please file a bug report or send email to the Docutils-users mailing list. Patch submissions should be filed in the patch tracker (preferred) or sent to Docutils-develop (where you will be asked to send them to the patch tracker).

We welcome all kinds of contributions. There's a To Do list full of interesting ideas awaiting a champion. If you have any questions regarding how to extend Docutils, please feel free to ask on the Docutils-develop mailing list.

The only requirement for running Docutils is Python 2.4 or later. (For Docutils 0.5, Python 2.2.1+ is required. Up to Docutils 0.4, Python 2.1 is required.) From version 0.6, Docutils is compatible with Python 3 (see README for details).

Docutils is in active development and APIs should be considered experimental subject to change at any time. Although any time is a time after serious thought and discussion.

Download

Note

Since april, 18 sourceforge project snapshots are possible:

http://sourceforge.net/p/docutils/code/7646/tarball

BUT

  1. take a long time
  2. must be initiated from a browser, really ?
  3. release HEAD does not work.
  4. the whole repository, including trunk, tags and branches is packed together, this explains, probably, the time it takes.

The provided snapshosts are created on website updates.

We recommend that you use a snapshot from Docutils' Subversion repository. The snapshots usually contain more features and fewer bugs than the "official" releases—they're not only for developers!

The latest release package is docutils-0.12.tgz. It was released on 2014-07-06 and is mostly intended for distributors. See the release notes for a list of changes since the previous release (0.11).

The Sandbox contains experimental, contributed code. You can download a complete snapshot of the Sandbox or browse the Sandbox to download a subset.

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