Tables for field documentation and metadata
Author rafaqz
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February 2019


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FieldDocTables uses DocStringExtensions.jl and PrettyTables.jl to print field names and field docs in a table in the docs for a type (defaults to unfenced markdown).

But the main reason to use this package is to add additional columns to the field documentation, such as from FieldMetadata.jl.

using FieldDocTables, FieldMetadata

import FieldMetadata: @default, default, @bounds, bounds, @description, description

# Declare the doc abbreviation for your doc table
const FIELDDOCTABLE = FieldDocTable((Description=description, Default=default, Bounds=bounds))

The docs and metadata for this type are printed as a markdown table:
@description @bounds @default mutable struct TestStruct
   "Field a docs"
   a::Int     | 2   | (1, 10)     | "an Int"
   "Field b docs"
   b::Float64 | 4.0 | (2.0, 20.0) | "a Float "

help?> TestStruct
search: TestStruct

  The docs and metadata for this type are printed as a markdown table:

Field Description Default      Bounds    Docs
––––– ––––––––––– ––––––– ––––––––––– –––––––
    a      an Int       2     (1, 10) Field a
    b     a Float     4.0 (2.0, 20.0) Field b

You could additionally set the truncation length for each field, or use another table format. Table formats besides markdown should be fenced:

const FIELDDOCTABLE = FieldDocTable((:Description=description, :Default=default, :Bounds=bounds);

Note that formats besides markdown will not translate to good html tables in browser documentation.

Custom functions can also be passed to the field doc constructor FieldDocTable(). They must accept a type argument and return a vector or tuple of the same length as the number of fields in the type:

somemethod(::Type{<:TypeToDocument}) = ("doc", "for", "each", "field")

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