41 Standard Feature Documentation


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This is a proposal to introduce a standard way to document features in Dendron.


This proposal talks specifically about Feature Anatomy (Private) and gives explicit guidance on how to structure new features. It also outlines how we relate the various sections of a feature to its reference (Private) documentation.



A section is a portion of a note marked by a heading. It contains the header text and the contents after the header and stops either at the next section that is of a lower level or the end of the note

## This is a section

This is text inside a section

### This is also part of the previous section since its of a higher heading level

## This is a new section


Documentation for Features

Feature Layout

When creating a new feature, the following Feature Template (Private) will be applied. The Feature Template Reference (Private) explains details about the various sections.

- id: topic
  namespace: true
    - pattern: quickstart
      desc: how to get started with this given feature
    - pattern: upgrade
      desc: If coming from a previous version, how to upgrade
    - pattern: concepts
      desc: concepts for this feature
    - pattern: "*"
      title: feature
      desc: Sub feature of this given feature

Reference Anatomy

The corresponding entries should be added as a note ref to their respective reference section. The way the reference documentation can be layed out as follows

<!-- Primary grouping by area, in same order as introduced in [[User Guide|dendron://dendron.community/discussion.2021.dendron-site-reorg#user-guide]] -->
## Editing


## Retrieval


## Refactoring
<!-- inside the respective areas, features are laid out alphabetically -->

Note the format: the header is a wikilink to the source documentation. this has multiple benefits:
- if we change the source header text or link, this will update
- if we delete the source header, this link can be found using `finddBrokenLinks` doctor command
- this still resolves to a clean url, both inside dendron as a URL: [[Rename Note|dendron://private/task.2022.01.26.on-structuring-dendron-docs.rfc#rename-note]]
- since this is an actual header, it shows up in the outline view inside vscode as well as in the TOC of the published site
### [[Rename Note|dendron://dendron.dendron-site/dendron.topic.refactoring#rename-note]]

This is a wiki link that shows the content of the section

Essentially, this is proposing that dendron.topic.{feature} is the main source of truth for a feature and reference.* documentation is generated as note references from topic notes. This will help keep our docs DRY (don't repeat yourself) and make sure content is up to date.

Gradual Structure - Documentation for Bigger Features

Sometimes a feature will have sub features and its contents will be too big for a single note. At this point, the Amoeba Workflow (Private) needs to be invoked to split up the feature into smaller parts.

In this case, we recommend the following proecedure:

Future Work

Currently, the process of generating references is quite manual. There are a few future features that should make this easier:

  • When we ship 22 Queries, we should be able to vastly simplify this process with something like the below
    ## Refactoring
    <!-- Get all topics that are taged with `area.refactoring` and the child of dendron.topic. Extract `Commands` header from it -->
    ?[[ and (to tags area.refactoring) (children dendron.topic) ]]#Commands