Each guide should start with motivational text at the top (that's the little introduction in the blue area). The prologue should tell the reader what the guide is about, and what they will learn. See for example the Routing Guide.
The title of every guide uses
h1; guide sections use
h3; etc. However, the generated HTML output will have the heading tag starting from
Guide Title =========== Section ------- ### Sub Section
Capitalize all words except for internal articles, prepositions, conjunctions, and forms of the verb to be:
#### Middleware Stack is an Array #### When are Objects Saved?
Use the same typography as in regular text:
##### The `:content_type` Option
4 API Documentation Guidelines
The guides and the API should be coherent and consistent where appropriate. Please have a look at these particular sections of the API Documentation Guidelines
Those guidelines apply also to guides.
5 HTML Guides
Before generating the guides, make sure that you have the latest version of Bundler installed on your system. As of this writing, you must install Bundler 1.3.5 on your device.
To install the latest version of Bundler, simply run the
gem install bundler command
To generate all the guides, just
cd into the
guides directory, run
bundle install and execute:
bundle exec rake guides:generate
bundle exec rake guides:generate:html
my_guide.md and nothing else use the
ONLY environment variable:
touch my_guide.md bundle exec rake guides:generate ONLY=my_guide
By default, guides that have not been modified are not processed, so
ONLY is rarely needed in practice.
To force processing all the guides, pass
It is also recommended that you work with
WARNINGS=1. This detects duplicate IDs and warns about broken internal links.
If you want to generate guides in a language other than English, you can keep them in a separate directory under
source/es) and use the
GUIDES_LANGUAGE environment variable:
bundle exec rake guides:generate GUIDES_LANGUAGE=es
If you want to see all the environment variables you can use to configure the generation script just run:
Please validate the generated HTML with:
bundle exec rake guides:validate
Particularly, titles get an ID generated from their content and this often leads to duplicates. Please set
WARNINGS=1 when generating guides to detect them. The warning messages suggest a solution.
6 Kindle Guides
To generate guides for the Kindle, use the following rake task:
bundle exec rake guides:generate:kindle
You're encouraged to help improve the quality of this guide.
If you see any typos or factual errors you are confident to patch, please clone docrails and push the change yourself. That branch of Rails has public write access. Commits are still reviewed, but that happens after you've submitted your contribution. docrails is cross-merged with master periodically.
You may also find incomplete content, or stuff that is not up to date. Please do add any missing documentation for master. Check the Ruby on Rails Guides Guidelines for style and conventions.
If for whatever reason you spot something to fix but cannot patch it yourself, please open an issue.
And last but not least, any kind of discussion regarding Ruby on Rails documentation is very welcome in the rubyonrails-docs mailing list.