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Liberty Design Summit Wrap-up

Cross-Project Workshop


  • sorting by user type (ops, admin, etc) is ineffective
  • there is a generally-held assumption that building docs is difficult.


  • Need to talk about trying to support multiple releases in one doc. It's a lot of work when you're way behind on docs (e.g., for Keystone).
  • more effective / useful troubleshooting information (neutron troubleshooting in Ops Guide is the best of what's out there currently)
  • socialise info about RST and tox (as oposed to docbook and maven)


  • discuss the future of the OpsGuide
  • IMplement a post-publish job that copies/links/syndicates Ironic's in-tree ops guide to the admin-cloud-guide? Can we do something similar for every project?
  • Discuss with doc liaisons how to get docs assistance with docs in their repo, without bringing content into docs repo (maintenance overhead stays with dev, not doc)
  • Ensure tox is well-documented (seems to be little understood)
  • Grant core access to docs liaisons

Ops Documentation Workshop


  • Docs are confusing, don't know where info is
  • Audience type is not clear/well understood


  • make the docs more use-case based, rather than audience type (what's the difference between an operator and a user?)
  • Add to Install Guide: Next steps ("where do I go from here? What do I do next?)
  • Top-level guide: a tree of service, config files, possible things you can put in - a reference.
  • Flowchart of steps to install/configure/manage
  • There are (should be) checks/tests at the end of each Install Guide section.


  • Document use cases (with help from ops)
  • Add a sentence or two description to each doc under the title on the main page (which doc contains what information?)
  • make audience types more defined, better communicated

API Docs Workshop

Etherpad: https://etherpad.openstack.org/p/Documentation__API_Work_Session

We discussed the current state of the API reference docs as being WADL and wanting to move away from that for API reference documentation.

Russell Sims brought a sample of using Python routes, pointing at the Cinder repository, and building a JSON file containing all the possible resources, requests, and responses from the Cinder API. He can then build Swagger JSON/YAML from that automation.

We agreed there are a few places where a research spike is required:

  • There are some projects that do not use routes and use flask instead (sahara) or pecan (ceilometer). For pecan, there's a Swagger generator available.
  • Microversions in use by Nova are going to need an extra navigation to let users find all the versions possible. An example of version comparisons https://libgit2.github.com/libgit2/#HEAD is likely what we want.
  • Changes to the API will need to be monitored in the continuous integration pipeline to ensure that API changes are intentional.
  • Nova server actions and Heat actions will difficult to document this way due to having multiple routes available for the /actions resource.
  • We need to determine how to make an excellent developer guide with both narrative, conceptual, and reference information that fits well with the rest of the developer.openstack.org site.

Anne will work with Russell on getting his code uploaded where we can all work on it.

Blueprint Workshop

Installation Guide

Contact: Karin Levenstein <karin.levenstein@rackspace.com>

Blueprint: https://blueprints.launchpad.net/openstack-manuals/+spec/installguide-liberty

Spec WIP: https://review.openstack.org/#/c/183138/


  • XML in stable/kilo branch.
  • Cut kilo branch after YVR, freeze Docbook in master (don't take docbook patches to the install-guide in master branch)
  • Migrate core only for now, including conditional text
  • Longer install guide can be glued together after migration. Top priority is what we have now.
  • Drop Debian until after migration, and until we have a committed resource.


  • Lana to check with Mirantis about a dedicated Debian resource
  • Install Guide speciality team to work on blueprint/spec
  • Lana to contact PTLs to inform

Networking Guide

Contact: Nick Chase <nchase@mirantis.com>, Matt Kassawara <mkassawara@gmail.com>


  • Needs finishing, plus changes for Liberty
  • Dan Sneddon <dsneddon@redhat.com> interested in contributing for Liberty
  • missing blueprints


  • Matt & Nick to write blueprint

User Guides

Contact: Joe Robinson <Joseph.r.email@gmail.com>, Brian Moss <kallimachos@gmail.com>

Blueprint: https://blueprints.launchpad.net/openstack-manuals/+spec/reorganise-user-guides


  • Need to convert Cloud Admin Guide to RST, then reorganise on user type
  • the Admin User Guide should disappear, with its content split between the Cloud Admin Guide and the End User Guide. Those two guide could then probably be renamed to just Admin Guide and User Guide.
  • Emett Speer <speer.emett@gmail.com> interested in contributing for the conversion


  • Start work!

HA Guide

Contact: Meg McRoberts <dreidellhasa@yahoo.com>

Blueprint: https://blueprints.launchpad.net/openstack-manuals/+spec/improve-ha-guide

Spec: http://specs.openstack.org/openstack/docs-specs/specs/liberty/ha-guide.html https://review.openstack.org/#/c/178427/


  • RST conversion
  • General updates
  • Merged structure in RST
  • Content sprint during the summit


  • Let translators know when ready to start

RST Migration Session


Actions Documents to be converted:

Team Structure Session


  • We have a huge bug backlog. Requires regular pruning and more active bug tracking.
  • Confusion about how to best review and triage
  • Should Training Guides be its own group, separate to docs? Let's leave it for now, but assess over time.
  • Few active core members, especially outside US timezones. Currently have 12 core, reviewed every six months between releases; could go to every 3 months. Evaluation based on reviews, commits, whether the quality of the review is considered high or just cursory, using these stats: http://stackalytics.com/report/contribution/documentation/30 and http://stackalytics.com/report/contribution/documentation/90


  • Need a better way to handle DocImpact bugs, potentially using Jeepyb?
  • Update https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Documentation/ReviewGuidelines and integrate with HowTo. Also need section for contributors with ESL
  • Need a better/more transparent process for making core
  • Need to encourage more corporate contributors, consider ways to provide recognition?
  • Want more feedback, consider sending docs people to dev midcycles.


  • Ask AJaeger to see if we can subscribe the person who raised a DocImpact patch to the bug.
  • Ask Michael Still about https://review.openstack.org/#/c/56158/5/jeepyb/cmd/notify_impact.py
  • Talk to docs liaisons about proper use of DocImpact, and also generally encourage more active participation
  • Lana to implement a new core process based on metrics+recommendations
  • Lana to ask Foundation for funds to send docs people to dev midcycles.
  • Lana to talk to the board/TC and Stefano about seeking out corp contributors.

Information Architecture Session


  • Ops Guide is widely loved. Structure is OK. Slightly out of date.
  • HA Guide is being updated and converted to RST
  • Security Guide is out of date, confusion over how to get a new Lulu copy
  • Arch Guide is being edited for passive voice, but needs an IA overhaul. Currently reads backwards/bottom up (starts with most complex info). Swarm happening in August.
  • Install Guide needs to be converted to RST, plus refocused on defcore
  • User Guides: Conversion + major reorganisation coming.
  • Rewrite the documentation HowTo
  • Developer docs: need a plan for helping out devs without taking on maintenance overhead.


  • Ops Guide: general tidy up/update for Liberty, plus consider removing Upgrade section (where to put it?)
  • Security Guide needs an overhaul. RST conversion to happen > Liberty


  • Install Guide - Install Speciality team
  • User Guides - User Guide speciality team

Overview of Liberty Tasks

  • RST Conversion:
    • Install Guide
    • Cloud Admin Guide
    • HA Guide
    • CLI reference
  • Restructure user guides
  • Increased communication with documentation liaisons, other PTLs, and i18n
  • Update the way we select core team
  • Update contributor guides
  • Clean up the DocImpact bug workflow, and clean out old bugs
  • Find a way to get docs people more involved with dev groups (midcycles)
  • Increase collaboration with corporate contributors

Lessons Learned

  • Have the workshops after the fishbowls. We needed to have those discussions before work could start.
  • The meetup was a great opportunity for people to drop in, especially if they had missed sessions earlier in the week
  • The number of sessions was about right
  • The ops and cross-project sessions were valuable: people came to them who wouldn't normally come to a docs session