Documentation of your repo will help you in many aspects. When you link your repo to the hiring team, they will better understand what your code is doing. Also, it will help others to contribute to your project. To write documentation for your repo, you can create
README.md in the root of the repo.
README.md reads as a markdown file. I have also written details articles about Markdown Get Started Guide. Markdown does not give you whole lot control over the styling of the page. For example, center the image, adjust the width and height, etc. Additionally, you can also write HTML (inline-CSS) in the
README.md file as shown below:
<div align="center"> <br> <img alt="logo" src="/image.png" width="200px"> <h1>Your headline</h1> </div> <br>
What information to include in
It all depends on your project. It is how you explain what the project is all about. But I have listed out some point that you can list in your documentation repo:
- Include Photo or logo - How it Works - Getting started. - Prerequisites - How to contribute (Write CONTRIBUTING.md) - Information about team - Related Project - Contributors, Backers, or Sponsors. - License
Add Table of Content (TOC)
README.md file has a long length, then it's better to add table of content. You can add a table of content like this below:
- [How it Works](#how-it-works) - [Getting started](#get-started) - [Contributing](#contributing) - [Core team](#core-team) - [License](#license)
TOC link will scroll to the desire section.
## How it Works your explanation... ## Getting started](#get-started) your explanation... ## [Contributing](#contributing) your explanation... ## [Core team](#core-team) your explanation... ## [License](#license) your explanation...
Batches/shields look nicer as it adds information on your repo. Batches/Shields are small block legible badges in SVG and raster format, which can be included in GitHub readmes or any other web page. You can check the status of repo like code size, commit status, or deployments, etc. You can look at how these Badges look on the repo.
How you can add these badges
If you use Netlify to deploy your code; you get a badge on their dashboard which shows deploys status. shields.io and codetriage are also good resources to add badges for your repo. you can add in README.md as shown below:
<img src="https://img.shields.io/github/languages/code-size/taimoorsattar7/underlinejobs" alt="GitHub Code Size in Bytes">
further structure your documentation
README.md describes the basic information about the repo. If your information is long enough to fit into
README.md, you can make further sections. For example,
CONTRIBUTING.md. Write how to contribute to this repo in the
CONTRIBUTING.md and code of conduct in
CODE_OF_CONDUCT.md. In this way, you can be more organized.
Your documentation should be grammatically correct so it is properly understood by others. You can check grammatical mistakes using tools like hemingwayapp and grammarly.
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Top comments (4)
Very glad to see you including "prerequisites" as something to always have in a README. I'd also suggest adding something about clearly stating the implementation programming language. As someone who works in a very constrained environment, the requirement to install any extra interpreter/compiler immediately rules out a candidate codebase.
Thus for every single project I look at, the first thing I need to be sure about is "what is this written in?" You would think that is very easy to just state in the README and yet this is rarely done.
It is good practice to mention prerequisites in README.
I frequently see various "prerequisites" quoted with no mention at all of the language(s) the code is written in. Sorry if I didn't make that clear.
You may be interested in the page TOC feature in my Ruby gem markdown_helper.
The gem has a CLI (as well as an API), so no Ruby coding is needed. You just need to have Ruby installed.