Building and Checking the Quality of Documentation#

This document covers how to build the Plone Documentation and check it for quality.


Install Enchant to check spelling.


brew install enchant


sudo apt-get install enchant

Clone the Plone Documentation repository, and change your working directory into the cloned project. Then with a single command using Makefile, create a Python virtual environment, install project dependencies, pull in Volto documentation as a git submodule, build the docs, and view the results in a web browser by opening /_build/html/index.html.

git clone
cd documentation
make html

Available documentation builds#

All build and check documentation commands use the file Makefile.

To see the most frequently used builds, use the following command.

make help

Else you can open Makefile to see other build formats, including PDF.


html is the HTML version of the documentation.

make html

Open /_build/html/index.html in a web browser.


livehtml rebuilds Sphinx documentation on changes, with live-reload in the browser.

make livehtml

Open in a web browser.


linkcheck checks all links. See All links must be valid for configuration.

make linkcheck

Open /_build/linkcheck/output.txt for a list of broken links.


spellcheck checks the spelling of words. See American English Spelling, Grammar, and Syntax for configuration.

make spellcheck

Open /_build/spellcheck/ for misspellings.


html_meta adds a meta data section to each chapter if missing. See HTML and Open Graph Metadata for more info.

make html_meta