Using `<details>` on GitHub

/using-details-on-github 2016-07-05T11:01:44+01:00

This is a cool and incredibly useful little trick I discovered I could use on GitHub today.

Suppose you're opening an issue or commenting on an issue and there's a metric boat load of information that may be useful and pertinent to the issue, for example a full Ruby stack. Rather than wrecking readability, wrap it in a <details> tag.

So something like:

 <summary>Stack Trace for `require('does.not.exist')`</summary>
 Error: Cannot find module 'does.not.exist'
   at Function.Module._resolveFilename (module.js:336:15)
   at Function.Module._load (module.js:286:25)
   at Module.require (module.js:365:17)
   at require (module.js:384:17)
   at repl:1:1
   at REPLServer.defaultEval (repl.js:164:27)
   at bound (domain.js:250:14)
   at REPLServer.runBound [as eval] (domain.js:263:12)
   at REPLServer.<anonymous> (repl.js:393:12)
   at emitOne (events.js:82:20)

</details> ```

… will show up as follows on GitHub:

<details> collapsed

… and clicking it will change it to reveal the full content:

<<details> expanded

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