DOC: "Show Source" button on API pages does not link to expected source code

This issue has been created since 2022-09-22.

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Location of the documentation

Documentation problem

The "Show Source" button on the new version of the documentation pages is not useful to most users and is likely to cause confusion. In addition, it conflicts with the "[source]" link which also exists on the page (and on previous versions of the documentation).


Rather than showing the relevant API source code, the "Show Source" button shows the source code for the current documentation page (.e.g.

Suggested fix for documentation

I suggest the "Show Source" button be removed, or it should be remapped to the same link as the current "[source]" link (which should then be removed).

I could see some value for developers wanted to access the documentation source. If that is important, then I would propose (1) move to the bottom or out of a high-visibility area, and (2) rename it to "Show Documentation Source"

Pro-Coder04 wrote this answer on 2022-09-27

Hello @tehunter !
I would help to solve this issue could you assign it to me?

tehunter wrote this answer on 2022-09-27

If you comment on this thread with the single word "take", the bot will assign it to you. Thanks!

Pro-Coder04 wrote this answer on 2022-09-28


Pro-Coder04 wrote this answer on 2022-09-28

Hey @tehunter could you help me find the file which has the source code for the page which you have raised the issue for?
Since I'm new to open source your guidance will be helpful to make my first contribution

tehunter wrote this answer on 2022-09-28

@Pro-Coder04 , I'm fairly new to it as well. Perhaps @phofl or @datapythonista could point you in the right direction. If I had to guess, I bet it is related to the recent version update of the API documentation theme (see #48285) and not directly in pandas code. The documentation pages are autogenerated from a package called "Sphinx", the API pages are defined in /doc/source/reference and it uses a configuration defined in /doc/source/

datapythonista wrote this answer on 2022-09-28

Happy to get the Show source link removed, doesn't seem it's working for the API, and not sure in what cases this can be useful.
I think this should be done in our file, see the docs of the theme here:

CC: @jorisvandenbossche, I guess you added this when we started using the pydata theme, probably it's just the default

tehunter wrote this answer on 2022-09-28

Looks like pydata-sphinx-theme added a default sourcelink.html component around June of this year (See pydata/pydata-sphinx-theme#714), which makes their documentation incomplete. I believe the correct way to remove it is now to set html_show_sourcelink = False in the

Alternative option is to override the sourcelink.html template and have it point to our current "[source]" link.

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