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olddoc - old-fashioned Ruby documentation generator

olddoc contains old-fashioned document generators for those who do not wish to impose bloated, new-fangled web cruft on their readers.

olddoc contains dark216, a HTML generator without any images, frames, or JavaScript. It is designed for users of text-based browsers and/or low-bandwidth connections; yet respects user preference for light color schemes in new CSS browsers while favoring darkness for power savings on OLED and CRT displays. dark216 focuses on text as it is the lowest common denominator for accessibility and compatibility with people and hardware.


Encourage readers to simplify and speed up their browsing experience. They can disable CSS, JavaScript, and images in their browser without missing out!


gem install olddoc
rdoc -f dark216

You can also use olddoc to generate NEWS entries assuming you have git tags, a README file and .olddoc.yml

olddoc prepare

And "olddoc merge" to merge instances of "olddoc_placeholder" in an HTML file with HTML fragments generated with other tools such as pandoc(1). This requries an appropriately configured .olddoc.yml with a "merge_html" section see olddoc(5)

Source code

git clone

Please use git-format-patch(1) and git-send-email(1) distributed with the git(7) suite for generating and sending patches. Please format pull requests with the git-request-pull(1) script (also distributed with git(7)) and send them via email to <>


All feedback (comments, results, feature requests, bug reports, patches, pull-requests) via plain-text mail to the mailing list is very much appreciated.

Please send plain-text mail to the list at <> HTML will not be read. olddoc is for GUI-phobes, by GUI-phobes. Mailing list archives available at and nntp:// No subscription will ever be necessary to post to the mailing list.


olddoc is copyrighted Free Software by all contributors, see logs in revision control for names and email addresses of all of them.

olddoc is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

olddoc is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, see

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