[openstack-dev] [all] summit session recap - getting API Docs off WADL and into RST

Henry Gessau HenryG at gessau.net
Tue May 10 12:52:26 UTC 2016

Sean Dague <sean at dague.net> wrote:
> Part of the cross project session track -
> https://etherpad.openstack.org/p/newton-api-docs-rst
> The first half of the session was spent going over the background issues
> and the work so far. The TL;DR
> * We need to get off WADL, it's a dead spec, and it's use is inhibiting
> contributions
> * We *need* to get up to date docs to our users, ASAP. The API
> References are way out of data and inaccurate in most places (and
> missing entirely for 50% of our projects with REST APIs)
> * Swagger (OpenAPI) was looked at, but there are hard problems in our
> legacy APIs that aren't possible to solve within the spec at hand
> * Nova team started building some semistructured tooling based on RST /
> Sphinx to move forward.
> We then looked at the sphinx extension work in the Nova api-ref tree.
> Question: why not https://pythonhosted.org/sphinxcontrib-httpdomain/?
> Answer: we have some specific needs on formating, headers where it
> doesn't fit (see etherpad for full answer).
> Next Steps:
> * Nova team is doing a doc sprint to try to get through verification of
> the content we've got
> * Once that is done (under control) sdague to work on splitting out
> sphinx extension into a dedicated project to make it easy for others to
> consume / contribute
> * Cinder, Ironic, and Keystone ready to get started on similar conversion

Neutron too. Akihiro Motoki and I are the contacts.

Thanks for this initiative. With the focus on RST we will have many more
developers contributing to docs, I am sure.

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