A modern, pretty RDoc template.


Copyright 2007, 2008 Cloudburst, LLC. Licensed under the AFL 3. See the included LICENSE file.

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sudo gem install allison


To use the template, just run allison with your normal RDoc options. For example:

$ allison --title 'My RDoc' --line-numbers --main README --promiscuous *

Note that some options like --one-file and --diagram might not work well.


Rake task

You can set up a Rake task if you want. First, find the path to your local machine’s template by running allison --path. Then add something like the following to your Rakefile:

require 'rake/rdoctask' do |rdoc|
      files = ['README', 'LICENSE', 'CHANGELOG', 
               'lib/**/*.rb', 'doc/**/*.rdoc', 'test/*.rb']
      rdoc.main = 'README'
      rdoc.title = 'My RDoc'
      rdoc.template = '/path/to/gems/allison-2.0/lib/allison'
      rdoc.rdoc_dir = 'doc'
      rdoc.options << '--line-numbers' << '--inline-source'

Now you can run rake rdoc to invoke the task. Also, some versions of RDoc require .rb to be appended to the template path.


Generating documentation for Rails

If you want to generate documentation for Ruby on Rails, there is a handy trick. Rails’ RDoc tasks obey the template environment variable. For instance, to document ActiveRecord, run:

cd vendor/rails/activerecord/
template=`allison --path` rake rerdoc

Reporting problems

The support forum is here.

Patches and contributions are very welcome. Please note that contributors are required to assign copyright for their additions to Cloudburst, LLC.

Further resources