[openstack-dev] [horizon][api][docs] Feedback requested on proposed formatting change to API docs

Monty Taylor mordred at inaugust.com
Fri May 19 12:36:47 UTC 2017

On 05/17/2017 10:14 AM, Joe Topjian wrote:
> On Tue, May 16, 2017 at 4:13 PM, Monty Taylor <mordred at inaugust.com
> <mailto:mordred at inaugust.com>> wrote:
>     Hey all!
>     I read the API docs A LOT. (thank you to all of you who have worked
>     on writing them)
>     As I do, a gotcha I hit up against a non-zero amount is mapping the
>     descriptions of the response parameters to the form of the response
>     itself. Most of the time there is a top level parameter under which
>     either an object or a list resides, but the description lists list
>     the top level and the sub-parameters as siblings.
>     So I wrote a patch to os-api-ref taking a stab at providing a way to
>     show things a little differently:
>     https://review.openstack.org/#/c/464255/
>     <https://review.openstack.org/#/c/464255/>
>     You can see the output here:
>     http://docs-draft.openstack.org/55/464255/5/check/gate-nova-api-ref-src/f02b170//api-ref/build/html/
>     <http://docs-draft.openstack.org/55/464255/5/check/gate-nova-api-ref-src/f02b170//api-ref/build/html/>
>     If you go expand either the GET / or the GET /servers/details
>     sections and go to look at their Response sections, you can see it
>     in action.
>     We'd like some feedback on impact from humans who read the API docs
>     decently regularly...
>     The questions:
>     - Does this help, hurt, no difference?
> It helps. It seems noisy at first glance, but the information being
> denoted is important. It's one of those situations where once you start
> reading deeper into the information, this kind of markup makes the API
> more understandable more quickly.

Awesome. Thanks!

>     - servers[].name - servers is a list, containing objects with a name
>     field. Good or bad?
>     - servers[].addresses.$network-name - addresses is an object and the
>     keys of the object are the name of the network in question.
> Again, these seem noisy at first, but having parsed complex paths,
> especially the above address info, by dumping variables too many times,
> I really appreciate the above syntax.
> Going even further:
> servers[].addresses.$network-name[].OS-EXT-IPS-MAC:mac_addr
> looks a mess, but I can see how exactly to navigate to the leaf as well
> as understand what types make up the path. Being able to succinctly
> (relatively/subjectively speaking) describe something like the above is
> very helpful. This definitely gets my support.

Sweet. thanks for the feedback! I just pushed up a new rev yesterday 
based on some feedback from Anne:


That adds <strong> tags around the leaf element. so basically:




which I hope will ease any confusion when leaf elements have punctuation 
in their names - like OS-EXT-IPS-MAC:mac_addr

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