Task 5: Code Blocks

RST Code Blocks

Code blocks let you display literal text with or with or without syntax highlighting.

There are are several ways to show code examples or preformatted text.

  • The :: directive is a generic code of preformatted text. Sphinx tries to guess at the language for syntax highlighted.

  • The .. code-block:: language directive adds syntax highlighting and args.

  • RST supports many languages! Here is the list:

  • Code blocks can contain additional parameters, such as:

    • :linenos:

    • :lineno-start:

    • :emphasize-lines:

    • :caption:

    • :dedent:

Here are some examples:

Generic block and syntax highlighting

    This text is in a code block. Sphinx will use generic
    text highlighting.
Plain text block
.. code-block:: text
    :caption: Plain text block

    <p>This text will have no styling. However, you can add
    parameters to the block.</p>
Basic code block
.. code-block:: HTML

    <span class="bold>sample HTML</span>
Code block with syntax highlighting and line numbers
1.. code-block:: bash
2    :caption: Code block with syntax highlighting and line numbers
3    :linenos:
4    :emphasize-lines: 9,10,34,39,46
6    # This code block uses bash syntax highlighting
7    # Also, a code-block has args for line numbers,
8    # highlighting lines, and captions!



Task 5: Add configuration instructions to learn about code blocks.

  1. Add important and note boxes

  2. Add a bash code block for the Sphinx configuration options.

    • Add a caption

    • Add line numbers and highlighting on lines 9,10,34,39,46.

Text to Add

Important: Create and then change to the directory of your Sphinx
code and RST content. The default installation directory is ``./``,
which is the current directory.

#. Create a project folder, then navigate to that folder

   * For example: ``mkdir -p /opt/sphinx && cd /opt/sphinx``

#. Execute command ``sphinx-quickstart``
#. Follow the prompts (from version 1.x)

   We've highlighted the lines that we entered a value *other than*
   default. Add the extensions that you find useful.
Output of ‘sphinx-quickstart’
 1> Separate source and build directories (y/n) [n]:
 3Inside the root directory, two more directories will be created; "_templates"
 4for custom HTML templates and "_static" for custom stylesheets and other static
 5files. You can enter another prefix (such as ".") to replace the underscore.
 6> Name prefix for templates and static dir [_]:
 8The project name will occur in several places in the built documentation.
 9> Project name: Conference Demo
10> Author name(s): BilimEdtech
11> Project release []:
13If the documents are to be written in a language other than English,
14you can select a language here by its language code. Sphinx will then
15translate text that it generates into that language.
17For a list of supported codes, see
19> Project language [en]:
21The file name suffix for source files. Commonly, this is either ".txt"
22or ".rst".  Only files with this suffix are considered documents.
23> Source file suffix [.rst]:
25One document is special in that it is considered the top node of the
26"contents tree", that is, it is the root of the hierarchical structure
27of the documents. Normally, this is "index", but if your "index"
28document is a custom template, you can also set this to another filename.
29> Name of your master document (without suffix) [index]:
30Indicate which of the following Sphinx extensions should be enabled:
31> autodoc: automatically insert docstrings from modules (y/n) [n]:
32> doctest: automatically test code snippets in doctest blocks (y/n) [n]:
33> intersphinx: link between Sphinx documentation of different projects (y/n) [n]:
34> todo: write "todo" entries that can be shown or hidden on build (y/n) [n]: y
35> coverage: checks for documentation coverage (y/n) [n]:
36> imgmath: include math, rendered as PNG or SVG images (y/n) [n]:
37> mathjax: include math, rendered in the browser by MathJax (y/n) [n]:
38> ifconfig: conditional inclusion of content based on config values (y/n) [n]:
39> viewcode: include links to the source code of documented Python objects (y/n) [n]: y
40> githubpages: create .nojekyll file to publish the document on GitHub pages (y/n) [n]:
42A Makefile and a Windows command file can be generated for you so that you
43only have to run e.g. `make html` instead of invoking sphinx-build
45> Create Makefile? (y/n) [y]:
46> Create Windows command file? (y/n) [y]: n

    * The configurations for your Sphinx project are in file ``conf.py``.
    * Delete file ``conf.py`` to run ``quickstart`` again.