Guidelines for Editing the Site

Set the local url of a page

The actual link of the page you are creating is defined by the permalink field in each markdown file. For instance, the current permalinkof the About Page is /docs/about/

In essence, the permalink defines the local url for users to access this site (the /doc/about/ example would transcribe in

Reference a local page

Whenever you want to create a link to one of the above local page, use the permalink of the page you want to reference (e.g. in any markdown, to reference the About Page, the link is: [description of the link](/docs/about/)

Reference a page and open it in a new tab

[link description]({:target="_blank"}

As a general rule, all internal pages should open in the same tab and all external pages we reference should open in a new tab

Integrate an external image

![link description](

Integrate a local image

![link description](/assets/my_image_name.jpg)

Highlight text

Use simple backquote to highlight any text

Highlight code

Use triple backquote for the start line, without anything else, and an identical triple backquote for the endline (also with nothing else on the line)

pyvenv venv
source venv/bin/activate
pip install -r requirements.txt
python biolink/

Line breaks

Use a simple ---

Adding references and foonotes

You can reference a footnote by:

  • adding a [^1] in the text where you want the reference to be displayed
  • adding at the end of your markdown file the actual footnote e.g. [^1]: My awesome footnote

Create table

Always add a clean line before and after the markdown table. Example:

Organism or Usage OBO format OWL format json format yaml format
GO slim AGR Developed by GO Consortium for the Alliance of Genomes Resources  goslim_agr.obo [goslim_agr.owl]    

Quote a line

To quote a line, start the line with a >

this is a quoted line

Search functionalities

If you want your page to be searchable, add tags in the front matter of each page with the following syntax:

tags: ['go', 'ontology', 'relation']

Additional Comments

  • the sitemap used to populate the navigation bar is located in _data/docs.yml
  • images from that you want to reuse should be stored here:
  • we want to lower the data transfer as much as possible (faster site & soft github limit of 100GB / month). To achieve that:
    • whenever possible, prefer JPEG files. PNG files should be used only when you need some transparency
    • if images have unreasonable sizes, we can run an algorithm to automatically resize them (e.g. with respect to possible data transfer limit)

Viewing your changes

All changes made on the master branch of this repository should reflect after a few seconds on

When this site is deployed in production, it will also be accessible through the usual

Search capabilities

The current version of the site uses Algolia Search that create indexes of all pages. Two useful documentations:


Note: to stay in sync, the index should be updated anytime a new documentation is modified. This could be achieved through some webhook.

The manual command to update the index is:

ALGOLIA_API_KEY=ENTER_ADMIN_API_KEY bundle exec jekyll algolia