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       docidx_intro - docidx introduction


       docidx  (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
       keyword-based indices for documentation. These are

       [1]    A  tcl  based  language  for  the  semantic  markup  of a keyword index.  Markup is
              represented by Tcl commands.

       [2]    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 plugins.

       [3]    An API describing the interface between the package above and a plugin.

       Which of the more detailed documents are relevant  to  the  reader  of  this  introduction
       depends on their role in the documentation process.

       [1]    A  writer of documentation has to understand the markup language itself. A beginner
              to docidx should read the more  informally  written  docidx  language  introduction
              first.  Having digested this the formal docidx language syntax specification should
              become understandable. A writer experienced with docidx may only  need  the  docidx
              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 conversion into the chosen system  of  visual
              markup,  be  it *roff, HTML, plain text, wiki, etc. The simpler dtplite application
              makes  internal  use  of  docidx  when  handling  directories   of   documentation,
              automatically generating a proper keyword index for them.

       [2]    A  processor  of  documentation  written  in the docidx markup language 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 docidx to the user.  At the bottom level, common to both
              applications,  however  sits  the  package  doctoools::idx,  providing  the   basic
              facilities to read and process files containing text in the docidx format.

       [3]    At  last,  but not least, plugin writers have to understand the interaction between
              the doctools::idx package and its plugins, as described in the  docidx  plugin  API


       docidx  does  not  stand  alone, it has two companion formats. These are called doctoc and
       doctools, and they are for the markup of tables of contents,  and  general  documentation,
       respectively.   They  are described in their own sets of documents, starting at the doctoc
       introduction and the doctools introduction, respectively.


       This document, will undoubtedly contain bugs and other problems.  Please  report  such  in
       the        category       doctools       of       the       Tcllib       SF       Trackers
       [].   Please  also  report  any  ideas   for
       enhancements you may have.


       docidx_lang_cmdref,      docidx_lang_faq,      docidx_lang_intro,      docidx_lang_syntax,
       docidx_plugin_apiref, doctoc_intro, doctools::idx, doctools_intro


       index, keyword index, markup, semantic markup


       Documentation tools


       Copyright (c) 2007 Andreas Kupries <>