Documenting Python

Fred L. Drake, Jr.


Release 2.4b2
13 November 2004


The Python language has a substantial body of documentation, much of it contributed by various authors. The markup used for the Python documentation is based on LaTeX and requires a significant set of macros written specifically for documenting Python. This document describes the macros introduced to support Python documentation and how they should be used to support a wide range of output formats.

This document describes the document classes and special markup used in the Python documentation. Authors may use this guide, in conjunction with the template files provided with the distribution, to create or maintain whole documents or sections.

If you're interested in contributing to Python's documentation, there's no need to learn LaTeX if you're not so inclined; plain text contributions are more than welcome as well.

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