Opened 11 years ago

Closed 10 years ago

Last modified 7 years ago

#11817 closed enhancement (fixed)

Use sage_getdoc in sage interpreter when doing "?"

Reported by: SimonKing Owned by: jason
Priority: major Milestone: sage-5.1
Component: misc Keywords: sage_getdoc format embedding
Cc: vbraun Merged in: sage-5.1.beta1
Authors: Simon King Reviewers: Volker Braun
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Description (last modified by chapoton)

The purpose of this ticket is to fix two bugs.

First problem

Theere is a bug in sage.misc.sagedoc.format, that ironically makes that format? does not show the documentation of format.

sage: from sage.misc.sagedoc import format
sage: format.__doc__
'\n    Format Sage documentation ``s`` for viewing with IPython.\n\n    This calls ``detex`` on ``s`` to convert LaTeX commands to plain\n    text, and if ``s`` contains a string of the form "<<<obj>>>",\n    then it replaces it with the docstring for "obj".\n\n    INPUT:\n\n    - ``s`` - string\n    - ``embedded`` - boolean (optional, default False)\n\n    OUTPUT: string\n\n    Set ``embedded`` equal to True if formatting for use in the\n    notebook; this just gets passed as an argument to ``detex``.\n\n    EXAMPLES::\n\n        sage: from sage.misc.sagedoc import format\n        sage: identity_matrix(2).rook_vector.__doc__[115:184]\n        \'Let `A` be a general `m` by `n`\\n        (0,1)-matrix with `m \\\\le n`. \'\n        sage: format(identity_matrix(2).rook_vector.__doc__[115:184])\n        \'Let A be a general m by n\\n   (0,1)-matrix with m <= n.\\n\'\n\n    If the first line of the string is \'nodetex\', remove \'nodetex\' but\n    don\'t modify any TeX commands::\n    \n        sage: format("nodetex\\n`x \\\\geq y`")\n        \'\\n`x \\\\geq y`\'\n\n    Testing a string enclosed in triple angle brackets::\n\n        sage: format(\'<<<identity_matrix\')\n        \'<<<identity_matrix\\n\'\n        sage: format(\'identity_matrix>>>\')\n        \'identity_matrix>>>\\n\'\n        sage: format(\'<<<identity_matrix>>>\')[:28]\n        \'Definition: identity_matrix(\'\n    '
sage: format?
Base Class:<type 'function'>
String Form:<function format at 0xcc8a28>
Definition:format(s, embedded=False)
    <no docstring>

The problem is that the doc string contains <<<obj>>>, which means that it is attempted to find and insert documentation for obj (which does not exist).


Introduce a new directive noreplace, that avoids replacement of <<<obj>>>. Or perhaps a better suggestion: Catch the error, and do not replace if there is an error.

Second problem

If sage.misc.sagedoc.my_doc is applied to an object with a _sage_doc_ method then it uses it, without formatting. That means: No tex code is turned into ascii art, and embedding information is not stripped.


Consequently use sage.misc.sageinspect.sage_getdoc.

Apply trac11817_question_mark_using_sage_getdoc.2.patch

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trac11817_question_mark_using_sage_getdoc.patch (11.7 KB) - added by SimonKing 11 years ago.
Use sage_getdoc for interactively reading documentation. Improve docstring formatting
trac11817_question_mark_using_sage_getdoc.2.patch (11.6 KB) - added by vbraun 10 years ago.
Rediffed for sage-5.0.rc0

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Change History (10)

comment:1 Changed 11 years ago by SimonKing

Actually I think it would be good to both have a "noreplace" directive and catching an error, when dealing with <<<obj>>>.

Changed 11 years ago by SimonKing

Use sage_getdoc for interactively reading documentation. Improve docstring formatting

comment:2 Changed 11 years ago by vbraun

  • Cc vbraun added

comment:3 Changed 11 years ago by SimonKing

  • Authors set to Simon King
  • Status changed from new to needs_review

With the attached patch, one can do:

sage: from sage.misc.sagedoc import format
sage: format?
Type:           function
Base Class:     <type 'function'>
String Form:    <function format at 0xc290c8>
Namespace:      Interactive
File:           /mnt/local/king/SAGE/debug/sage-4.7.2.alpha3-prerelease/local/lib/python2.6/site-packages/sage/misc/
Definition:     format(s, embedded=False)
       Format Sage documentation ``s`` for viewing with IPython.
       This calls ``detex`` on ``s`` to convert LaTeX commands to plain
       text, unless the directive ``nodetex`` is given in the first line
       of the string.

Note that I introduced a noreplace directive, and used it on format's docstring.

Also, interactive doc read does not blindly use a custom _sage_doc_: It will always use sage_getdoc, which does preprocessing:

sage: r = 'some doc for a cython method\n`x \\geq y`'
sage: class Foo:
....:     def _sage_doc_(self):
....:         return r
sage: f = Foo()
sage: f?
Type:           instance
Base Class:     __main__.Foo
String Form:    <__main__.Foo instance at 0xb0ce18>
Namespace:      Interactive
File:           /mnt/local/king/SAGE/debug/sage-4.7.2.alpha3-prerelease/local/lib/python2.6/site-packages/IPython/FakeModule
    some doc for a cython method x >= y

Without the patch, the latex code would be shown.

If the noreplace directive is not used, but the to-be-replaced-with object can not be found, the replacement is simply skipped. Some new doctest related with directives and replacement:

sage: print format('File: (starting at line 1)\nnodetex, noreplace\n<<<identity_matrix>>>`\\not= 0`')
File: (starting at line 1)
<<<identity_matrix>>>`\not= 0`
sage: print format('<<<bla\n<<<bla>>>\n<<<identity_matrix>>>')
<<<bla <<<bla>>>
Definition: identity_matrix(ring, n=0, sparse=False)
   Return the n x n identity matrix over the given ring.

I didn't run all tests (only those of sage.misc.sagedoc)

comment:4 Changed 10 years ago by SimonKing

Is there a reviewer for a ticket on improving interactive documentation?

Changed 10 years ago by vbraun

Rediffed for sage-5.0.rc0

comment:5 Changed 10 years ago by vbraun

  • Description modified (diff)
  • Milestone changed from sage-5.0 to sage-5.1
  • Reviewers set to Volker Braun
  • Status changed from needs_review to positive_review

Patch doesn't apply to sage-5.0.rc0 because some docstring issue. Since its a trivial change I uploaded a rediffed patch.

comment:6 Changed 10 years ago by SimonKing

Thank you!

comment:7 Changed 10 years ago by jdemeyer

  • Merged in set to sage-5.1.beta1
  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from positive_review to closed

comment:8 Changed 7 years ago by chapoton

  • Description modified (diff)
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