+The markup described in this section is used to provide information about a
+module being documented. Each module should be documented in its own file.
+Normally this markup appears after the title heading of that file; a typical
+file might start like this::
+ :mod:`parrot` -- Dead parrot access
+ :platform: Unix, Windows
+ :synopsis: Analyze and reanimate dead parrots.
+ .. moduleauthor:: Eric Cleese <email@example.com>
+ .. moduleauthor:: John Idle <firstname.lastname@example.org>
+As you can see, the module-specific markup consists of two directives, the
+``module`` directive and the ``moduleauthor`` directive.
+.. directive:: .. module:: name
+ This directive marks the beginning of the description of a module (or package
+ submodule, in which case the name should be fully qualified, including the
+ The ``platform`` option, if present, is a comma-separated list of the
+ platforms on which the module is available (if it is available on all
+ platforms, the option should be omitted). The keys are short identifiers;
+ examples that are in use include "IRIX", "Mac", "Windows", and "Unix". It is
+ important to use a key which has already been used when applicable.
+ The ``synopsis`` option should consist of one sentence describing the
+ module's purpose -- it is currently only used in the Global Module Index.
+ The ``deprecated`` option can be given (with no value) to mark a module as
+ deprecated; it will be designated as such in various locations then.
+.. directive:: .. moduleauthor:: name <email>
+ The ``moduleauthor`` directive, which can appear multiple times, names the
+ authors of the module code, just like ``sectionauthor`` names the author(s)
+ of a piece of documentation. It too only produces output if the
+ :confval:`show_authors` configuration value is True.
+ It is important to make the section title of a module-describing file
+ meaningful since that value will be inserted in the table-of-contents trees
+There are a number of directives used to describe specific features provided by
+modules. Each directive requires one or more signatures to provide basic
+information about what is being described, and the content should be the
+description. The basic version makes entries in the general index; if no index
+entry is desired, you can give the directive option flag ``:noindex:``. The
+following example shows all of the features of this directive type::
+ .. function:: spam(eggs)
+The signatures of object methods or data attributes should always include the
+type name (``.. method:: FileInput.input(...)``), even if it is obvious from the
+context which type they belong to; this is to enable consistent
+cross-references. If you describe methods belonging to an abstract protocol,
+such as "context managers", include a (pseudo-)type name too to make the
+index entries more informative.
+.. directive:: .. cfunction:: type name(signature)
+ Describes a C function. The signature should be given as in C, e.g.::
+ .. cfunction:: PyObject* PyType_GenericAlloc(PyTypeObject *type, Py_ssize_t nitems)
+ This is also used to describe function-like preprocessor macros. The names
+ of the arguments should be given so they may be used in the description.
+ Note that you don't have to backslash-escape asterisks in the signature,
+ as it is not parsed by the reST inliner.
+.. directive:: .. cmember:: type name
+ Describes a C struct member. Example signature::
+ .. cmember:: PyObject* PyTypeObject.tp_bases
+ The text of the description should include the range of values allowed, how
+ the value should be interpreted, and whether the value can be changed.
+ References to structure members in text should use the ``member`` role.
+.. directive:: .. cmacro:: name
+ Describes a "simple" C macro. Simple macros are macros which are used
+ for code expansion, but which do not take arguments so cannot be described as
+ functions. This is not to be used for simple constant definitions. Examples
+ of its use in the Python documentation include :cmacro:`PyObject_HEAD` and
+.. directive:: .. ctype:: name
+ Describes a C type. The signature should just be the type name.
+.. directive:: .. cvar:: type name
+ Describes a global C variable. The signature should include the type, such
+ .. cvar:: PyObject* PyClass_Type
+.. directive:: .. data:: name
+ Describes global data in a module, including both variables and values used
+ as "defined constants." Class and object attributes are not documented
+ using this environment.
+.. directive:: .. exception:: name
+ Describes an exception class. The signature can, but need not include
+ parentheses with constructor arguments.
+.. directive:: .. function:: name(signature)
+ Describes a module-level function. The signature should include the
+ parameters, enclosing optional parameters in brackets. Default values can be
+ given if it enhances clarity. For example::
+ .. function:: Timer.repeat([repeat=3[, number=1000000]])
+ Object methods are not documented using this directive. Bound object methods
+ placed in the module namespace as part of the public interface of the module
+ are documented using this, as they are equivalent to normal functions for
+ The description should include information about the parameters required and
+ how they are used (especially whether mutable objects passed as parameters
+ are modified), side effects, and possible exceptions. A small example may be
+.. directive:: .. class:: name[(signature)]
+ Describes a class. The signature can include parentheses with parameters
+ which will be shown as the constructor arguments.
+.. directive:: .. attribute:: name
+ Describes an object data attribute. The description should include
+ information about the type of the data to be expected and whether it may be
+.. directive:: .. method:: name(signature)
+ Describes an object method. The parameters should not include the ``self``
+ parameter. The description should include similar information to that
+ described for ``function``.
+.. directive:: .. opcode:: name
+ Describes a Python bytecode instruction (this is not very useful for projects
+ other than Python itself).
+.. directive:: .. cmdoption:: name args
+ Describes a command line option or switch. Option argument names should be
+ enclosed in angle brackets. Example::
+ .. cmdoption:: -m <module>
+ Run a module as a script.
+.. directive:: .. envvar:: name
+ Describes an environment variable that the documented code uses or defines.
+There is also a generic version of these directives:
+.. directive:: .. describe:: text
+ This directive produces the same formatting as the specific ones explained
+ above but does not create index entries or cross-referencing targets. It is
+ used, for example, to describe the directives in this document. Example::
+ Describes a Python bytecode instruction.