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Summary ReadySET for Sphinx
Categories techcomm, design, construction, process, requirements, testing
License BSD License
Owner(s) torabisu


ReadySET is a set of software engineering document templates allowing a great starting point for developers when working on new or existing projects.

ReadySET for Sphinx is an implementation of ReadySET for Sphinx. Its goal is to give you all the rich content of ReadySET, but using the power of Sphinx to allow you the flexibility of building your documentation into different formats, and to include many of the powerful extensions for Sphinx.


This documentation content has been built into a skeleton Python project which takes care of all library dependencies. The documentation content will be kept up to date with the latest software methodologies and practices.


  • Rich content / documentation structure sourced from ReadySET
  • Easy editing of files using reStructuredText
  • Build your documentation into HTML, PDF, QT Help, DevHelp, EPub, Latex, Man etc.
  • Power of using existing Sphinx extensions like embedding Excel spreadsheets, graphing, embedding sequence diagrams, spell checking etc.


You need to know basic shell commands for building the project. This project is implemented using Python and Sphinx. Although you don't need to know these technologies, the more you know, the more features you can use.

All templates use reStructuredText, so its important to understand their markup formats.

Download and Installation

To download, click on the link below and save the file to a directory of your choice:

Once downloaded, you can uncompress the file with the following command:

tar xvf readysetsphinx-1.0.0.tar.gz

It will create a readysetsphinx-1.0.0/ folder. Navigate into this folder and run:

python bootstrap.py

This will download the required setup / build tools. project.

When complete, you can then run:

bin/buildout -v

This will download all the libraries needed in order to build your documentation project.

Editing and Building the Documentation

All the documentation files are in the docs/ sub folder. The .rst files are the source files, and can be edited with your favourite text editor / IDE. When you make changes to these files, you will need to build the source into a format of your choice. For example, if you want to build HTML documentation, from the docs/ folder run:

make html

This will generate your documentation in a sub folder called _build/html. Using your Internet browser of choice, if you open up the index.html file from that folder you will see the generated documentation.

If you just run make on its own, it will display a list of targets. For some of these targets like latexpdf, you might require some additional latex packages.

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