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Documentation #

References #


General reST:

Sphinx basics #

Under ./docs/:

conda activate my_env

# the following two are same if makefile exists
sphinx-build  -M html source build
make html

# open in default browser
open build/html/index.html

Example Folder Tree #

├── docs
│   ├── Makefile
│   ├── _static
│   │   └── images
│   │       └── image.jpg
│   └── source
│       └── document_file.rst
└── code

Example makefile #

# Minimal makefile for Sphinx documentation

# You can set these variables from the command line, and also
# from the environment for the first two.
SPHINXBUILD   ?= sphinx-build
BUILDDIR      = _build
LATEXMKOPTS   = "-xelatex"

# Put it first so that "make" without argument is like "make help".

.PHONY: help Makefile

# Catch-all target: route all unknown targets to Sphinx using the new
# "make mode" option.  $(O) is meant as a shortcut for $(SPHINXOPTS).
%: Makefile

Working Example from OpenSourceEconomics/temfpy #

def eoq_model(x, r=0.1):
    r"""Economic order quantity model.

    This function computes the optimal economic order quantity (EOQ) based on the model presented in
    [H1990]_. The EOQ minimizes the holding costs as well as ordering costs. The core parameters of
    the model are the units per months `x[0]`, the unit price of items in stock `x[1]`,
    and the setup costs of an order `x[2]`. The annual interest rate `r` is treated as an
    additional parameter.

    .. math::
        y = \sqrt{\frac{24 x_0 x_2}{r x_1}}

    .. image:: ../../docs/_static/images/image.jpg
       :align: center
       :alt: place holder image

    x : array_like
        Core parameters of the model

    r : float, optional
        Annual interest rate (default value is 0.1)


    y : float
        Optimal order quantity


    A historical perspective on the model is provided by [E1990]_. A brief description with the core
    equations is available in [W2020]_.


    .. [H1990] Harris, F. W. (1990).
        How many parts to make at once.
        Operations Research, 38(6), 947–950.

    .. [E1990] Erlenkotter, D. (1990).
        Ford Whitman Harris and the economic order quantity model.
        Operations Research, 38(6), 937–946.

    .. [W2020] Economic order quantity. (2020, April 3). In Wikipedia.
        Retrieved from
        ?title=Economic_order_quantity&oldid=948881557 <


    >>> x = [1, 2, 3]
    >>> y = eoq_model(x, r=0.1)
    >>> np.testing.assert_almost_equal(y, 18.973665961010276)
    # No blank line is allowed for functions.
    m, c, s = x
    y = np.sqrt((24 * m * s) / (r * c))

    return y

reStructuredText basics #

Variables #

I have reported a bug that stops combined parameters from rendering.

x : type
    Description of `x`. Type can be ``int``, ``float``, etc.
    Note that this breaks when there are multiple variables.

a : type, optional
    Description of `a` (default values is 10).
    Note that this breaks when there are multiple variables.

type c, d, e
    Description of `c`, `d` and `e`.
    The only way to get multiple variables in the same line.

Image #

If in document_file.rst:

.. image:: ../../_static/images/image.jpg
   :align: center
   :alt: a great image

If in

.. image:: ../../docs/_static/images/image.jpg
   :align: center
   :alt: a great image

Note: the text must have same indentation as the URL it’s referring to, see example:

Some text

    Some indented text `a link that points outwards with long URL`_.

    .. _a link that points outwards with long URL:

Math #

Both inline and block math will work.

.. math:: y = \sqrt{\frac{24 x_0 x_2}{r x_1}}

:math:`y = \sqrt{\frac{24 x_0 x_2}{r x_1}}`

Debugging #

More like de-warning.

Inline interpreted text or phrase reference start-string without end-string. #

Ref: Documentation Guide for Devs

All non-inline math in .ipynb files should be surrounded by either of the following: (probably non-exhaustive but I’m too tired to try others)

  • \begin{aligned} … \end{aligned}
  • $$ … $$

While the followings are forbidden even if then render just fine in Jupyter Notebook. Sphinx just won’t have it.

  • \begin{align} … \end{align}
  • \begin{equation} … \end{equation}

Document or section may not begin with a transition. #


Do this:

## Blah

Blah blah blah

Don’t do this:

## Blah

Blah blah blah

The same for reStructuredText.