FORD is an automatic documentation generator for modern (1990 onward) Fortran code. FORD stands for FORtran Documenter. As you may know, “to ford” refers to crossing a river (or other body of water). It does not, in this context, refer to any company or individual associated with cars.
Ford was written due to Doxygen’s poor handling of Fortran and the lack of comparable alternatives. ROBODoc can’t actually extract any information from the source code and just about any other automatic documentation software I found was either proprietary, didn’t work very well for Fortran, or was limited in terms of how it produced its output.
The goal of FORD is to be able to reliably produce documentation for modern Fortran software which is informative and nice to look at. The documentation should be easy to write and non-obtrusive within the code. While it will never be as feature-rich as Doxygen, hopefully FORD will be able to provide a good alternative for documenting Fortran projects. Current features include:
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