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

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  • Subject: [mg46528] Re: [mg46511] Re: Help Browser issue in 5.0.1 on Mac OS X
  • From: Dr Bob <drbob at bigfoot.com>
  • Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2004 11:27:26 -0500 (EST)
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Gary (or Mike?): I hadn't noticed the problem on my Mac/Panther machine (I 
don't use it a lot), but now I see that vertical scroll bars don't appear 
until I arrow down below the visible items. There's no need to search for 
anything to make it happen; just a click at the bottom and one arrow-down 
does it.

(But that IS annoying. I like using the wheel-mouse, and it doesn't work 
until I make the scroll-bar appear.)

Selwyn: On the WinXP machine, there are buttons above, and four columns. 
On the Mac, the buttons occupy the first of FIVE columns (not four). On 
either machine, maving Addons&Links to the second column would push 
low-level NeuralNetworks topics off the screen.

Bobby

On Sat, 21 Feb 2004 11:20:54 -0500, Selwyn Hollis 
<sh2.7183 at misspelled.erthlink.net> wrote:

> 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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