Re: Adding hyperlinks to help browser files in function::usage
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- Subject: [mg47428] Re: Adding hyperlinks to help browser files in function::usage
- From: drbob at bigfoot.com (Bobby R. Treat)
- Date: Sun, 11 Apr 2004 04:44:05 -0400 (EDT)
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Wolfram clearly doesn't want us to know such tricks, my friend. It's a
bit like that "tree of the knowledge of good and evil", maybe.
"J. McKenzie Alexander" <jalex at lse.ac.uk> wrote in message news:<c582lt$nos$1 at smc.vnet.net>...
> I have a question regarding the interaction between usage notes for
> user-defined functions and custom help documents written for inclusion
> in the Mathematica help browser.
> As you all know, the usage notes for a built-in function like Abs have
> the form
> "Abs[z] gives the absolute value of the real or complex number z.
> where the "More..." is a hyperlink that, when clicked on, takes you to
> the appropriate help page.
> Looking at the actual definition of Abs::usage, though, reveals that
> the hyperlink isn't part of the usage notes. In
> 5.0.app/SystemFiles/Kernel/TextResources/English/Usage.m (I'm running
> OS X) it is defined as:
> Abs::usage = "Abs[z] gives the absolute value of the real or complex
> number z.";
> So the hyperlink is being added automatically some way. How? And what
> is the "proper" way to get this behaviour for the usage notes of
> functions I define in packages I write?
> After a lot of poking around, the only solution I've found (which is
> hardly elegant) is to do the following. Assuming that HexGraph.nb is
> installed under "Add-Ons & Links" in the help browser, define
> HexGraph::usage="HexGraph[cols, rows] creates a hexagonal lattice
> having cols 'columns' and rows 'rows'. Setting the option
> EqualColumnHeights->False indicates that only odd numbered columns
> should have the specified number of rows.
> I suspect, though, given the definition of Abs::usage, that adding the
> hyperlink can be automated in some way when the help files are built or
> installed in the browser.
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