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Re: Re: Help Browser issue in 5.0.1 on Mac OS X

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  • Subject: [mg46524] Re: [mg46511] Re: Help Browser issue in 5.0.1 on Mac OS X
  • From: Selwyn Hollis <sh2.7183 at misspelled.erthlink.net>
  • Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2004 11:27:22 -0500 (EST)
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Bobby,

The OS X Help Browser does not have the buttons that the Windows 
version has; those topics occupy the first of four columns.

--Selwyn



On Feb 20, 2004, at 10:58 PM, Bobby R. Treat wrote:

> Some applications (e.g. NeuralNetworks) use all three levels or
> columns of help. Moving them to the right one column would lose the
> detail. Or am I missing something?
>
> 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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