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Re: Help Browser issue in 5.0.1 on Mac OS X

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  • Subject: [mg46512] Re: Help Browser issue in 5.0.1 on Mac OS X
  • From: drbob at bigfoot.com (Bobby R. Treat)
  • Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2004 22:58:50 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <c0qjet$ka0$1@smc.vnet.net> <200402190802.DAA14941@smc.vnet.net> <c14790$4d3$1@smc.vnet.net>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

In addition to my earlier comment about applications like
NeuralNetworks that use all the available Help columns, your suggested
BrowserCategories.m leaves out a lot of things in the installed
version, which I'm including below.

BrowserCategory["Add-ons & Links", None,
{   
BrowserCategory["Wolfram Research Products", None, 
      {
        BrowserCategory["Mathematica Applications", None, 
            {
            Item["Mathematica Applications from Wolfram Research",
"WRIApplications.nb", CopyTag -> "WolframApplications"],
		    Item[Delimiter],
            Item["Mathematica Packages from Independent Developers",
"WRIApplications.nb", CopyTag -> "IndependentDeveloperApps"],
            Item["Other Mathematica Applications",
"WRIApplications.nb", CopyTag -> "OtherApplications"]
			}],
        BrowserCategory["Wolfram Education Training", None, 
            {
            Item["M100: An Introduction to Mathematica",
"WRIApplications.nb", IndexTag -> "WEG: M100"],
            Item["M101: A First Course in Mathematica",
"WRIApplications.nb", IndexTag -> "WEG: M101"],
            Item["M110: Working with Data Using Mathematica",
"WRIApplications.nb", IndexTag -> "WEG: M110"],
            Item["M220: Programming in Mathematica",
"WRIApplications.nb", IndexTag -> "WEG: M220"],
            Item["M245: Parallel Computing", "WRIApplications.nb",
IndexTag -> "WEG: M245"],
            Item["M310: Digital Image Processing",
"WRIApplications.nb", IndexTag -> "WEG: M310"],
            Item["M330: Neural Networks", "WRIApplications.nb",
IndexTag -> "WEG: M330"]
            }
        ]
    }],
    Item[Delimiter],
    HelpDirectoryListing[{FrontEnd`FileName[{"AddOns",
"StandardPackages"}]}, False],
    Item["Combinatorica", FrontEnd`FileName[{"StandardPackages"},
"Combinatorica.nb"], IndexTag->"Combinatorica`", CopyTag->None],
    HelpDirectoryListing[{FrontEnd`FileName[{$TopDirectory, "AddOns",
"Applications", "AuthorTools"}]}, False, True],
    HelpDirectoryListing[{FrontEnd`FileName[{$TopDirectory, "AddOns",
"Applications", "XMLCapabilities"}]}, False, True],
    Item[Delimiter],
    HelpDirectoryListing[{FrontEnd`FileName[{"AddOns", "MathLink"}]},
False],
    HelpDirectoryListing[{FrontEnd`FileName[{$TopDirectory, "AddOns",
"JLink"}]}, False, True],
    HelpDirectoryListing[{FrontEnd`FileName[{$TopDirectory, "AddOns",
"NETLink"}]}, False, True],
    HelpDirectoryListing[{FrontEnd`FileName[{$TopDirectory,
"AddOns"}]}, {FrontEnd`FileName[{$TopDirectory, "AddOns", "JLink"}],
        FrontEnd`FileName[{$TopDirectory, "AddOns", "NETLink"}]}],
    Item[Delimiter],
    BrowserCategory["Working with Add-ons", None,
    {
      Item["Introduction", "InstallingPackages.nb",
CopyTag->"AddOnsIntro", IndexTag->"Introduction"],
      Item["Using Add-ons", "InstallingPackages.nb", 
            CopyTag->"UsingAddOns", IndexTag->"Using Add-ons"],
      Item["Installing New Add-ons", "InstallingPackages.nb",
CopyTag->"AddOnInstall", IndexTag->"Installing New Add-ons" ]
    }],
    HelpDirectoryListing[AddOnHelpPath,
{FrontEnd`FileName[{$TopDirectory, "AddOns", "Applications",
"AuthorTools"}],
        FrontEnd`FileName[{$TopDirectory, "AddOns", "Applications",
"XMLCapabilities"}]}]
}]

Bobby

Selwyn Hollis <sh2.7183 at misspelled.erthlink.net> wrote in message news:<c14790$4d3$1 at smc.vnet.net>...
> Gary and Mike,
> 
> I'm not sure whether the difference is between Mathematica 5.0 and 
> 5.0.1 or between Jaguar and Panther. Previously, there was a problem 
> with the horizontal scroll bar, and now there is a problem with 
> vertical scroll bars.
> 
> However, one thing you can do to improve the Help Browser is to 
> edit/rearrange the BrowserCategories.m file that lives inside 
> Mathematica 5.0/Documentation/English/AddOns. In particular, you can 
> arrange for Standard Packages and Applications to appear at the top of 
> the second column.
> 
> Here's what mine looks like:
> 
> BrowserCategory["Add-ons", None,
> {
>      HelpDirectoryListing[{FrontEnd`FileName[{"AddOns", 
> "StandardPackages"}]}, False],
> 
>      BrowserCategory["Applications",{
>      HelpDirectoryListing[AddOnHelpPath, 
> {FrontEnd`FileName[{$TopDirectory, "AddOns", "Applications", 
> "AuthorTools"}],
>          FrontEnd`FileName[{$TopDirectory, "AddOns", "Applications", 
> "XMLCapabilities"}]}]
>          }],
> 
>      Item[Delimiter],
> 
>      HelpDirectoryListing[{FrontEnd`FileName[{$TopDirectory, "AddOns", 
> "Applications", "AuthorTools"}]}, False, True],
>      HelpDirectoryListing[{FrontEnd`FileName[{$TopDirectory, "AddOns", 
> "Applications", "XMLCapabilities"}]}, False, True],
>      HelpDirectoryListing[{FrontEnd`FileName[{"AddOns", "MathLink"}]}, 
> False],
>      HelpDirectoryListing[{FrontEnd`FileName[{$TopDirectory, "AddOns", 
> "JLink"}]}, False, True],
>      HelpDirectoryListing[{FrontEnd`FileName[{$TopDirectory, "AddOns", 
> "NETLink"}]}, False, True],
>      HelpDirectoryListing[{FrontEnd`FileName[{$TopDirectory, 
> "AddOns"}]}, {FrontEnd`FileName[{$TopDirectory, "AddOns", "JLink"}],
>          FrontEnd`FileName[{$TopDirectory, "AddOns", "NETLink"}]}],
> 
>      Item[Delimiter],
> 
>      BrowserCategory["Working with Add-ons", None,
>      {
>        Item["Introduction", "InstallingPackages.nb", 
> CopyTag->"AddOnsIntro", IndexTag->"Introduction"],
>        Item["Using Add-ons", "InstallingPackages.nb",
>              CopyTag->"UsingAddOns", IndexTag->"Using Add-ons"],
>        Item["Installing New Add-ons", "InstallingPackages.nb", 
> CopyTag->"AddOnInstall", IndexTag->"Installing New Add-ons" ]
>      }]
> }]
> 
> -----
> Selwyn Hollis
> http://www.math.armstrong.edu/faculty/hollis
> (edit reply-to to reply)
> 
> 
> 
> On Feb 19, 2004, at 3:02 AM, Gary L. Gray wrote:
> 
> > On 2004-02-16 09:18:05 -0500, Mike <m.HoneychurcNOSPAMh at uq.edu.au> 
> > said:
> >
> >> Has anyone noticed a (minor but irritating) bug in 5.0.1 Help Browser 
> >> on Mac
> >> OS X that wasn't present in 5.0.0?
> >>
> >> The browser design in V5 seemed to have gone backward compared to V4 
> >> (on the
> >> Mac front end at least). For example in 5.0.0:
> >>
> >> Click on Add-ons& Links. The next column brings up the sub folders 
> >> but no
> >> scroll bar. You need to click on the bottom folder, in this case 
> >> MathLink,
> >> to bring up the scroll bar and access the folders below MathLink 
> >> (such as
> >> J/Link, webMathematica and so on. This was irritating.
> >>
> >> Now in 5.0.1 the only way to access folders below MathLink in the help
> >> browser is to search for a known folder, eg. By typing MSP and 
> >> pressing go
> >> the webMathematica folder appears along with a scroll bar in the 
> >> Add-ons&
> >> Links column. Something is clearly wrong with the Mac OS X 
> >> HelpBrowser.
> >
> > We have seen the same thing here with 6 or 7 machines running 5.0.1
> > under Mac OS X 10.3.2.
> >
> >
> >> Are there any adjustments to the 'hidden' files that users can make to
> >> correct this?
> >
> > I hope someone can answer this one.
> >
> >
> >> On another issue I've noticed that the frequency of crashes has 
> >> increased
> >> from virtually zero for 4.2 to regular enough to be noticeable with 
> >> 5.0. I
> >> haven't kept records or anything but I kinda feel like the crashes are
> >> occurring more often when I have iTunes running (and perhaps when 
> >> adding or
> >> removing cell tags). Anyone else experiencing this?  (on Mac OS X 
> >> 10.3.2)
> >
> > I must say that I haven't noticed any substantial instability.
> >
> > All the best,
> >
> > -- Gary L. Gray
> >
> >


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