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Naming convention

  • For matter of consistency, both page have been renamed:
    • Module:EndUserDocumentationTemplate-Documentation-4.0 -> Documentation/4.0/Modules/YOURMODULENAME
    • Modules:GradientAnisotropicFilter-Documentation-4.0 -> Documentation/4.0/Modules/GradientAnisotropicDiffusion
  • The main documentation page has also been renamed from "Documentation-4.0" to "Documentation/4.0"
  • All module documentation page for a given version of Slicer Y.Z should be named according to the following pattern: Documentation/X.Y/Modules/MODULENAME


The following link will list all modules belonging to the Documentation/4.0/Modules category:

  • The template "Documentation/4.0/module-footer" takes care of including the documentation page in the appropriate category. See [3]
  • The following page will list all element from the given category:*"category" is a parameter of the "module-footer" template.
  • For CLI module, as explained on the template itself [1], it's recommended to use the template "Documentation/4.0/module-cli-category" that can extract the category from the XML module description. See [4].
  • Using the provided module category, the module will also be added to the category "Documentation/4.0/Modules/<MainCategory" and "Documentation/4.0/Modules/<MainCategory.SubCategory>". For example:
    • Documentation/4.0/Modules/Filtering see [5]
    • Documentation/4.0/Modules/Filtering.Denoising see [6].
  • Ideally, it would be great if the category associated with loadable module (interactive module) could also be extracted from a unique location. Doing so would avoid to maintain the category attribute both in the source and in the documentation.


  • All pages and template associated with version X.Y of Slicer are located under the page prefix: Documentation/X.Y
  • From any documentation page or template, doing so allows to easily extract the current version using the template "documentation/version". **See [7]
    • In other word, assuming the current page is "Documentation/4.2" adding Description in the source will return 4.2.
  • Following each release of Slicer, this approach will allow us to:
    • minimize the work required after a documentation set is duplicated
    • easily reference the different documentation sets
    • automate the duplication of these pages. Let's note that the mediawiki extensions like "Duplicator" [8] or "Multiplicator" [9] could be useful.
  • "Long life" of past documentation will also be ensured. Indeed, each time the documentation will be duplicated, a complete set of category, template and documentation page will be created. You will find below what the list of pages and templates could like after 4.2 is released:

Developer information

  • For each module, the list of bugs, associated tests, list of classes, developer notes .. should be automatically collected. This could be achieved with the help of the "module-developerinfo" template.
  • Every module should include the template "Documentation/X.Y/module-developerinfo". See [10]
  • As of today, this template is a placeholder/stub. As soon as, functionality will be implemented all module including that template will automatically display the wanted information.
  • This implies:
    • In mantis, bug should be assigned a category / tag and product version
    • In CDash, tests should be labeled with both the ModuleName and the Slicer version. Then, using the webapi we should be able to obtain the list of tests, coverage, etc ...
    • Status of the "Ron rules" could be semi-automatically generated: coverage, number of test, amount of documentation, style, ...


  • The list of category is currently manually generated. This is not sustainable. Given the new page structure. These lists could be automatically generated.
  • Mediawiki offers some nice feature to manage category. Let's use them.

Documentation packaging in Slicer

  • Since a template "module-section" have been introduced, there is now a placeholder that will allow to refine how sections are identified and will ease the integration in a future Slicer Assistant module.
  • A module should be identified consistently in both the source and the documentation. GradientAnisotropicFilter != GradientAnisotropicDiffusion
  • If a name is incorrect, it should be fixed/updated at the source ! Not just in the documentation.


  • Look at wiki like "" .. I think we could inspire from what they did and improve the "user friendliness" of slicer wiki
  • Add "EmailObfuscator"[11] or "EmailAddressImage"[12] extension to mediawiki that will be used inside the "contact" template [13]
  • Setup a mechanism so that current "Documentation Set" follow Slicer source trunk could be duplicated and "frozen"
  • Implement "developerinfo"