Important

For best results, follow the guidelines in Conventions, specifically Directories and File Names.

## Name of Start Page¶

Important

The information here was moved: Start File.

It is recommended to name the startpage Documentation/Index.rst. The following is also supported (in this order):

1. Documentation/Index.rst
2. Documentation/index.rst
3. Documentation/Index.md
4. Documentation/index.md
5. README.rst
6. README.md

If none of these files exist, no documentation will be rendered.

The files ending in .md contain Markdown, the files ending in .rst contain reStructuredText (reST).

## Formats¶

Using reStructuredText (reST) is strongly recommended.

### reST¶

TYPO3 documentation uses reStructuredText for markup. The rendering chain and tools are built and optimized to process reST markup. Please go ahead and use that format.

The file ending of reST files is .rst.

The tool pandoc can convert existing markdown file into reST format. Do this once and you are in line with the TYPO3 conventions.

### Markdown¶

Currently, you can also use markdown for your documentation.

One problem with markdown is that there are many dialects. Since a while there is a standard “commonmark”. At https://readthedocs.org people are trying to make commonmark available. See http://blog.readthedocs.com/adding-markdown-support/ for the details. Without doing lots of investigations we have implemented the same solution for TYPO3 documentation as well.

This means that our rendering tools detect markdown files as well. They have .md as file ending.

If you’re encountering problems with the rendering of your markdown files, consider switching to reST.

## Drawbacks of Other Formats and Filenames¶

### Drawbacks of Markdown¶

Not everything is currently rendered correctly with the existing toolchain in Markdown.

See this open issue