doctoc_intro(n) Documentation tools doctoc_intro(n)
doctoc_intro - doctoc introduction
doctoc (short for documentation tables of contents) stands for a set of
related, yet different, entities which are working together for the
easy creation and transformation of tables of contents for documenta‐
tion. These are
 A tcl based language for the semantic markup of a table of con‐
tents. Markup is represented by Tcl commands.
 A package providing the ability to read and transform texts
written in that markup language. It is important to note that
the actual transformation of the input text is delegated to
 An API describing the interface between the package above and a
Which of the more detailed documents are relevant to the reader of this
introduction depends on their role in the documentation process.
 A writer of documentation has to understand the markup language
itself. A beginner to doctoc should read the more informally
written doctoc language introduction first. Having digested this
the formal doctoc language syntax specification should become
understandable. A writer experienced with doctoc may only need
the doctoc language command reference from time to time to
refresh her memory.
While a document is written the dtp application can be used to
validate it, and after completion it also performs the conver‐
sion into the chosen system of visual markup, be it *roff, HTML,
plain text, wiki, etc. The simpler dtplite application makes
internal use of doctoc when handling directories of documenta‐
tion, automatically generating a proper table of contents for
 A processor of documentation written in the doctoc markup lan‐
guage has to know which tools are available for use.
The main tool is the aforementioned dtp application provided by
Tcllib. The simpler dtplite does not expose doctoc to the user.
At the bottom level, common to both applications, however sits
the package doctoools::toc, providing the basic facilities to
read and process files containing text in the doctoc format.
 At last, but not least, plugin writers have to understand the
interaction between the doctools::toc package and its plugins,
as described in the doctoc plugin API reference.
doctoc does not stand alone, it has two companion formats. These are
called docidx and doctools, and they are for the markup of keyword
indices, and general documentation, respectively. They are described
in their own sets of documents, starting at the docidx introduction and
the doctools introduction, respectively.
This document, and the package it describes, will undoubtedly contain
bugs and other problems. Please report such in the category doctools
of the Tcllib Trackers [http://core.tcl.tk/tcllib/reportlist]. Please
also report any ideas for enhancements you may have for either package
When proposing code changes, please provide unified diffs, i.e the out‐
put of diff -u.
Note further that attachments are strongly preferred over inlined
patches. Attachments can be made by going to the Edit form of the
ticket immediately after its creation, and then using the left-most
button in the secondary navigation bar.
docidx_intro, doctoc_lang_cmdref, doctoc_lang_faq, doctoc_lang_intro,
doctoc_lang_syntax, doctoc_plugin_apiref, doctools::toc, doctools_intro
markup, semantic markup, table of contents, toc
Copyright (c) 2007 Andreas Kupries <email@example.com>
tcllib 1.0 doctoc_intro(n)