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This document contains information about a future release and not the current stable version (3.1).

Be aware that information on this page may change and API's may not be stable for production use.

SilverStripe Markdown Syntax

As Markdown by default is quite limited and not well suited for technical documentation, the SilverStripe project relies on certain syntax additions. As a base syntax, we use the Markdown Extra format, which provides us with support for tables, definition lists, code blocks and inline HTML.

Please read the Markdown and Markdown Extra documentation for a syntax overview

On top of that, we have added syntax that is only resolved by our custom parser. The goal is to keep the customization to a necessary minimum, and HTML output should still be readable with our custom markup unparsed.


While most of the Markdown syntax is parseable by all common implementations, the special syntax is relying on a custom SilverStripe project that powers

The website a standard SilverStripe installation with the docsviewer module installed (see module README and documentation).


Relative links can point to other markdown pages in the same module. They are always referred to without the .md file extension. "Absolute" links relate to the root of a certain module, not the webroot of the renderer project or the filesystem root.

  • link to folder on same level: [title](framework/en/trunk/misc/sibling/)
  • link to page on same level: [title](framework/en/trunk/misc/sibling)
  • link to parent folder: [title](framework/en/trunk/parent/)
  • link to page in parent folder: [title](framework/en/trunk/parent/page)
  • link to root folder: [title](framework/en/trunk/)
  • link to root page: [title](framework/en/trunk/rootpage)

Don't forget the trailing slash for directory links, it is important to distinguish files from directories.

It is recommended to use absolute links over relative links to make files easier to move around without changing all links.

You can link to API documentation from within the markup by pseudo-links. These are automatically resolved to the right URL on API links are automatically wrapped in <code> blocks by the formatter.

There's some gotchas:

  • This notation can't be used in code blocks.
  • If you want to use API links to other modules or versions of the same module, you'll have to use the full http:// URL.
  • You can't mark API links in backticks to trigger <pre> formatting, as it will stop the link parsing.
    The backticks are automatically added by the parser.

Code Blocks with Highlighting

Code blocks can optionally contain language hints that a syntax highlighter can pick up. Use the first line in the block to add a language identifier, prefixed by three colons (:::), for example :::php. We're currently using the syntaxhighlighter JavaScript implementation. See a list of supported languages.

Example for PHP:

class Page extends SiteTree {
    public function myFunction() {
        // ...

For SilverStripe templates, please use :::ss as a brush.


As a convention, referenced images in a Markdown formatted page should always be stored in an _images/ folder on the same level as the page itself. Try to keep the image size small, as we typically package the documentation with the source code download, and need to keep the file size small.

You can link to absolute image URLs as well, of course.


How do I preview my own SS Markdown?

Thats only possible with the docsviewer module - we don't have a standalone parser.

Can I run my own documentation server?

Yes, the docsviewer module just requires a default SilverStripe installation (2.4+).

Can I generate SS Markdown other formats?

Currently this is not supported, as all HTML is generated on the fly.

Can I contribute to the parser and rendering project?

Of course, the docsviewer code is BSD licensed - we're looking forward to your contributions!


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