Ripple’s engineering team has unveiled “a truly heroic” static site generator it created out of necessity. Ripple revealed it has been using the home-grown tool it referred to as Dactyl for the compilation and building of technical content, reflecting the firm’s interest in “docs as code” approach.
According to the engineering team, Dactyl, although not created to compete with other doc ideas, it is a static site generator that is a look-alike of Hugo, Jekyll and some others.
On the innovation, the Ripple engineering team says it “didn’t set out to create another tool in a crowded field, but it grew organically with our needs and we’ve found several advantages of having the tool itself be developed in-house.”
Ripple, therefore, made open-sourced Dactyl available to developers under MIT open source license on our GitHub.
The remittance blockchain enterprise firm says at the beginning, Dactyl was not more than a 100-line script used for automating, parsing the documentation content, and at the same time gathering it into templates that can be updated at once.
The innovation was used in formatting xrpl.org which has automatic tables of contents. The innovation keeps evolving as Ripple and XRP Ledger documentation grow.
Ripple’s Dactyl does link checking, single-sourcing, PDF export, a plugin architecture for post-processing, multi-format export, style checking, among other things.
Dactyl recommends replacing words and phrases with simpler alternatives using PlainLanguage.gov as support.
Dactyl is among the meaning efforts of Ripple Labs Inc. Over the years, the firm has been spearheading the adoption of blockchain technology across the world.
In the remittance industry, Ripple is changing the status quo. The firm created an almost instant blockchain remittance tool used across the globe by banks and other financial institutions like MoneyGram. A research recently revealed Western Union is testing the Ripple remittance tool as well.