Facebook has long been committed to the open source community and has just launched Docusaurus, an open source toolkit that lets users and teams publish documentation websites without having to worry about the infrastructure and design details.
Docusaurus claims to be an easy-to-maintain open source documentation tool that uses Markdown to help users write docs and blog posts. Its job is to publish a set of static HTML files, ready to upload onto a server for public viewing.
Moreover, with Docusaurus, developers can extend or customise their project’s layout, reusing the same header and footer. While we’re not that familiar with the technology, the feature has many developers praising it: “The easiest React static site generators. Unlike Gatsby and Next, there is no need to fiddle with any real code/complicated API just to get a Markdown blog working,” says one of them.
Docusaurus comes with a couple of other very useful perks as well. There’s localisation that comes preconfigured with support for over 70 languages. There’s also versioning support, and document search, so that you can easily trace the document you wish to update or consult.
As we mentioned earlier, this is not the first time Facebook releases toolkits and products to the open source community for further development and broader adoption. A couple of years ago it submitted to the Open Compute Project (OCP), design materials of the Big Sur, the machine used in all its AI endeavours. These allow researchers to replicate and build their own AI machine. Additionally, a little over a year ago, Facebook released all the schematics of its Surround 360 camera on GitHub.