Content Guide

This page contains guidelines for the United Manufacturing Hub documentation.

In this guide, you’ll find guidelines regarding the content for the United Manufacturing Hub documentation, that is what content is allowed and how to organize it.

For information about the styling, follow the style guide, and for a quick guide to writing a new page, follow the quick start guide.

What’s allowed

United Manufacturing Hub docs allow content for third-party projects only when:

  • Content documents software in the United Manufacturing Hub project
  • Content documents software that’s out of project but necessary for United Manufacturing Hub to function

Sections

The United Manufacturing Hub documentation is organized into sections. Each section contains a specific set of pages that are relevant to a user goal.

Get started

The Get started section contains information to help new users get started with the United Manufacturing Hub. It’s the first section a reader sees when visiting the website, and it guides users through the installation process.

Features

The Features section contains information about the capabilities of the United Manufacturing Hub. It’s a high-level overview of the project’s features, and it’s intended for users who want to learn more about them without diving into the technical details.

Data Model

The Data Model section contains information about the data model of the United Manufacturing Hub. It’s intended for users who want to learn more about the data model of the United Manufacturing Hub and how it’s used by the different components of the project.

Architecture

The Architecture section contains technical information about the United Manufacturing Hub. It’s intended for users who want to learn more about the project’s architecture and design decisions. Here there are information about the different components of the United Manufacturing Hub and how they interact with each other.

Production Guide

The Production Guide section contains a series of guides that help users to set up and operate the United Manufacturing Hub.

What’s New

The What’s New section contains high-level overview of all the releases of the United Manufacturing Hub. Usually, only the last 3 to 4 releases are displayed in the sidebar, but all the releases are available in the section page.

Reference

The Reference section contains technical information about the different components of the United Manufacturing Hub. It’s intended for users who want to learn more about the different components of the project and how they work.

Development

The Development section contains information about contributing to the United Manufacturing Hub project. It’s intended for users who want to contribute to the project, either by writing code or documentation.

Page Organization

This site uses Hugo. In Hugo, content organization is a core concept.

Page Lists

Page Order

The documentation side menu, the documentation page browser etc. are listed using Hugo’s default sort order, which sorts by weight (from 1), date (newest first), and finally by the link title.

Given that, if you want to move a page or a section up, set a weight in the page’s front matter:

title: My Page
weight: 10

For page weights, it can be smart not to use 1, 2, 3 …, but some other interval, say 10, 20, 30… This allows you to insert pages where you want later. Additionally, each weight within the same directory (section) should not be overlapped with the other weights. This makes sure that content is always organized correctly, especially in localized content.

In some sections, like the What’s New section, it’s easier to manage the order using a negative weight. This is because the What’s New section is organized by release version, and the release version is a string, so it’s easier to use a negative weight to sort the releases in the correct order.

Side Menu

The documentation side-bar menu is built from the current section tree starting below docs/.

It will show all sections and their pages.

If you don’t want to list a section or page, set the toc_hide flag to true in front matter:

toc_hide: true

When you navigate to a section that has content, the specific section or page (e.g. _index.md) is shown. Else, the first page inside that section is shown.

Page Bundles

In addition to standalone content pages (Markdown files), Hugo supports Page Bundles.

One example is Custom Hugo Shortcodes. It is considered a leaf bundle. Everything below the directory, including the index.md, will be part of the bundle. This also includes page-relative links, images that can be processed etc.:

en/docs/home/contribute/includes
├── example1.md
├── example2.md
├── index.md
└── podtemplate.json

Another widely used example is the includes bundle. It sets headless: true in front matter, which means that it does not get its own URL. It is only used in other pages.

en/includes
├── default-storage-class-prereqs.md
├── index.md
├── partner-script.js
├── partner-style.css
├── task-tutorial-prereqs.md
├── user-guide-content-moved.md
└── user-guide-migration-notice.md

Some important notes to the files in the bundles:

  • For translated bundles, any missing non-content files will be inherited from languages above. This avoids duplication.
  • All the files in a bundle are what Hugo calls Resources and you can provide metadata per language, such as parameters and title, even if it does not supports front matter (YAML files etc.). See Page Resources Metadata.
  • The value you get from .RelPermalink of a Resource is page-relative. See Permalinks.

Page Content Types

Hugo uses archetypes to define page types. The archetypes are located in the archetypes directory.

Each archetype informally defines its expected page structure. There are two main archetypes, described below, but it’s possible to create new archetypes for specific page types that are frequently used.

To create a new page using an archetype, run the following command:

hugo new -k <archetype> docs/<section>/<page-name>.md

Content Types

Concept

A concept page explains some aspect of United Manufacturing Hub. For example, a concept page might describe a specific component of the United Manufacturing Hub and explain the role it plays as an application while it is deployed, scaled, and updated. Typically, concept pages don’t include sequences of steps, but instead provide links to tasks or tutorials.

To write a new concept page, create a Markdown file with the following characteristics:

Concept pages are divided into three sections:

Page section
overview
body
whatsnext

The overview and body sections appear as comments in the concept page. You can add the whatsnext section to your page with the heading shortcode.

Fill each section with content. Follow these guidelines:

  • Organize content with H2 and H3 headings.
  • For overview, set the topic’s context with a single paragraph.
  • For body, explain the concept.
  • For whatsnext, provide a bulleted list of topics (5 maximum) to learn more about the concept.

Task

A task page shows how to do a single thing. The idea is to give readers a sequence of steps that they can actually do as they read the page. A task page can be short or long, provided it stays focused on one area. In a task page, it is OK to blend brief explanations with the steps to be performed, but if you need to provide a lengthy explanation, you should do that in a concept topic. Related task and concept topics should link to each other.

To write a new task page, create a Markdown file with the following characteristics:

Page section
overview
prerequisites
steps
discussion
whatsnext

The overview, steps, and discussion sections appear as comments in the task page. You can add the prerequisites and whatsnext sections to your page with the heading shortcode.

Within each section, write your content. Use the following guidelines:

  • Use a minimum of H2 headings (with two leading # characters). The sections themselves are titled automatically by the template.
  • For overview, use a paragraph to set context for the entire topic.
  • For prerequisites, use bullet lists when possible. Start adding additional prerequisites below the include. The default prerequisites include a running Kubernetes cluster.
  • For steps, use numbered lists.
  • For discussion, use normal content to expand upon the information covered in steps.
  • For whatsnext, give a bullet list of up to 5 topics the reader might be interested in reading next.

For an example of a short task page, see Expose Grafana to the internet. For an example of a longer task page, see Access the database

Content Sections

Each page content type contains a number of sections defined by Markdown comments and HTML headings. You can add content headings to your page with the heading shortcode. The comments and headings help maintain the structure of the page content types.

Examples of Markdown comments defining page content sections:

<!-- overview -->

<!-- body -->

To create common headings in your content pages, use the heading shortcode with a heading string.

Examples of heading strings:

  • whatsnext
  • prerequisites
  • objectives
  • cleanup
  • synopsis
  • seealso
  • options

For example, to create a whatsnext heading, add the heading shortcode with the “whatsnext” string:

## {{% heading "whatsnext" %}}

You can declare a prerequisites heading as follows:

## {{% heading "prerequisites" %}}

The heading shortcode expects one string parameter. The heading string parameter matches the prefix of a variable in the i18n/<lang>.toml files. For example:

i18n/en.toml:

[heading_whatsnext]
other = "What's next"

What’s next

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