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Automatically testing and deploying documentation using a CI/CD pipeline
When we deploy documentation using a CI/CD Pipeline, we can run automatically run test scripts over our documentation and then define where and in what format we want it to go.
For example, if we have SMEs directly updating content, we run readability scripts over their proposed content automatically to ensure that it complies with plain English principles - alerting a technical writer if not. Of course we will double check this during a review cycle, but this allows to iteratively build content from multiple authors.
If the build passes, we can then deploy the document directly to the webpage of our choice - along with a PDF generated directly via the pipeline.
build: stage: build # This stage builds the document with the most recent content. image: sphinxdoc/sphinx-latexpdf # In this example our document is a Sphinx document before_script: - pip install sphinx-rtd-theme - python spellcheck-readability.py # We could add any number of text analysis functions here script: - make html # Generate the webpage output - make latexpdf # Generate the PDF output - mv _build/latex/*.pdf _build/html/$CI_PROJECT_NAME.pdf artifacts: paths: - _build/html pages: stage: deploy # This stage deploys the documentation following successful build stages. script: - mkdir public - mv _build/html/* public # This is where we want to send our document artifacts: paths: - public