RST conventions

OpenStack documentation uses reStructuredText (RST) markup syntax with Sphinx extensions.

RST is a powerful and straightforward markup language that, in combination with Sphinx, provides a wide range of facilities for intelligent and appealing documentation creation. It uses simple and implicit syntax to introduce a variety of content elements such as titles, code blocks, vertical lists, and many others. All the source content formatted using RST is stored in files with the .rst extension.

To keep the documentation format consistent, follow the guidelines included in this chapter for all the RST source content. When in doubt, use simpler formatting.


All the examples provided in this chapter are for illustration purposes only and cannot be regarded as pieces of true technical information.