[erlang-questions] HTML/CSS/Javascript in Erlang docs and Common Test

Federico Carrone <>
Fri Mar 11 17:48:55 CET 2016


I already started working on this after getting a few useful comments from

I hope to have a  simple HTML demo to get feedback from the community in
one month or two. After getting feedback I will work on the pull request.

If you have any comments/ideas please send me an email.


FYI I am using the recommendations of:

And as Inspiration I am using:
*Rust docs*

*Python documents redesigned*

*Racket docs*

*Elixir docs*


On Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 9:58 AM zxq9 <> wrote:

> On Wednesday 02 March 2016 12:38:52 Ali Sabil wrote:
> > Thank you for bringing this up. An improvement to the presentation of the
> > Erlang documentation is very much needed.
> >
> > I have started looking at this myself sometime ago, here is what I
> gathered:
> >     • The OTP documentation is using erl_docgen which is mostly XSLT
> based
> >     • Edoc is not that much used in OTP, the applications that do rely on
> > it, use a custom layout (otpsgml_layout) to generate output that can be
> > consumed by erl_docgen.
> >     • Experimented with adding a modern HTML5 output to erl_docgen here:
> > https://github.com/asabil/otp/tree/feature/html5-docs but this proved
> > itself challenging.
> >     • Started working on a modern doclet for edoc, based on the ex_doc
> > layout: https://bitbucket.org/asabil/edoc-modern
> Hi Ali,
> I ran into the exact same thing and concluded it would be easier to treat
> rendered docs as their own data source rather than try to decobble all the
> mix-and-match that exists within the OTP sources themselves (though the
> *right* approach would be to actually make the docs across OTP uniform --
> I felt this would be futile to even attempt alone and unsupported, who has
> that much (un)paid time on their hands?).
> Tricky, to say the least.
> -Craig
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