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Different Kind of Web Builder

LiTScript is a web toolkit inspired by literate programming. It creates both static and dynamic web sites as well as plain markdown files, depending on your needs.

The fundamental idea of literate programming is that you you document your code as you're writing it. LiTScript then generates live technical documentation for your web apps or frontend libraries.

You can also use LiTScript as a build tool and static site generator. It streamlines web development by extracting content from multiple sources.

This web site is generated from the source of the LiTScript project. It showcases what you can do with it.

What's New in Version 2

Version 2 brings some major changes to LiTScript:

How Does It Work?

The animation below illustrates the basic operation of LiTScript.

Get Content from Any Source File

LiTScript can extract documentation from any kind of source file: TS, JS, CSS, LeSS, SCSS, etc. Just write your documentation in markdown inside JSDoc comments /** ... */ and it will be processed by LiTScript.

 * ## Options
 * The available settings are defined in the `Options` interface. 
 * Options specified in JSON and command line are case-insensitive. 
 * Keys are converted to lowercase before comparing them.
export interface Options {
     * ### Base Directory
     * This setting specifies the project root folder. LiTScript 
     * expects to find the [configuration files](#configuration-files) 
     * there.
    baseDir: string

See Symbol and Type Information

TypeScript Logo Unlike simpler documentation tools LiTScript does not just parse documentation from comments. It uses the TypeScript Compiler API to provide syntax highlighting, type information, and symbol links. Move your mouse over the code snippet on the next page to see these in action.

You can use TypeScript regions to insert code snippets in regular markdown files. The code fragment on the next page is defined inside region, which allows us to embed it here.

Example Output

export async function main(args: string[]) {
    try {
        cfg.parseCommandLine(args, cfg.getOptions())
        await run()
    catch (e) {
        log.error(e instanceof Error ? e.message : e)
        if (e instanceof cfg.CommandLineError) {
            console.log("USAGE: lits <options>\n\nOPTIONS:")

Add Dynamic Content

Since LiTScript produces plain HTML you can use whatever frontend framework you like to add dynamic content. The simplest option is to create standard web components that can be inserted anywhere in markdown.

The animation few pages back is implemented as a web component that you can embed in markdown like this:

## How Does It Work?

The animation below illustrates the basic operation 
of _LiTScript_.

<file-anim />

LiTScript provides a simple base class for custom elements that you can use as starting point for your own web components. It handles attaching shadow DOM and loading component's styles.

Bundle Your Code

LeSS Logo There are multitude of build tools for JS and CSS realm nowadays. Previously LiTScript used Webpack to bundle TypeScript modules and style sheets into single JS and CSS files. In version 2 LiTScript switched to esbuild which is a more compact and performant bundler library.

esbuild contains out-of-the-box all the functionality that previously required additional Webpack plug-ins. With the switch, we reduced the number of NPM dependencies drastically. Another upshot is that bundling completes much faster than before.

Editing & Running

VSCode Logo When you want to immediately see the effect of your edits, run LiTScript in watch mode. In this mode, LiTScript runs in the background and rebuilds your web site as soon as any source file changes.

There is no need to use Live Server plug-in for VSCode anymore. Version 2 includes the serve mode which starts a development web server and live reloads changed pages automatically.

But if you are using VSCode as your editor, you can still install syntax highlighting for LiTScript comments.

Customize Default Templates

CSS3 Logo You can customize many aspects of the default templates with theming support. Colors, fonts, margins, spacings, and more can be changed easily with CSS variables. As a bonus, there are four different syntax highlighting schemes and a dozen different color themes that users can choose from. You can also add your own themes easily.

Do Math

One annoying limitation of both markdown and HTML is that mathematical equations are not supported out-of-the-box. LiTScript enables math support by utilizing the KaTeX{\KaTeX} library. With that you can write equations such as this:

x=b±b24ac2ax = { -b \pm \sqrt{b^2 - 4ac} \over 2a }

Organize and Visualize Your Code

LiTScript helps understanding the project structure by maintaining table of contents and dependency graph. These are JSON files which contain your documentation structure and module dependency information. They are displayed in the documentation making navigating the code easier, and helping to see the "big picture".


Feedback and contributions are welcome. Register an issue in GitHub, if you found a bug or have a feature request.

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