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Re: Decent Reference Guide?

  • To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
  • Subject: [mg46850] Re: Decent Reference Guide?
  • From: Harold.Noffke at wpafb.af.mil (Harold Noffke)
  • Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 03:50:41 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <c2eo0u$svh$1@smc.vnet.net>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

John:

There is a way to get "quickie" references if you use a notebook and
the Help Browser together.  Using Solve as an example ...

In your open notebook, type ...

	??Solve <Rtn>

and you will produce the following references ...

Solve[eqns, vars] attempts to solve an equation or set of
equations for the variables vars. Solve[eqns, vars, elims] attempts to
solve the equations for vars, eliminating the variables elims.

Attributes[Solve] = {Protected}

Options[Solve] = {
	InverseFunctions -> Automatic,
	MakeRules -> False,
	Method -> 3,
	Mode -> Generic,
	Sort -> True,
	VerifySolutions -> Automatic,
	WorkingPrecision -> oo
	}

Now position your cursor on whichever Attribute or Option you want
help with.  The cursor can be inside the word, or at its end.  You
don't have to highlight the word.  Then just press the F1 key.  The
Help Browser will appear opened on the term you want.

If you want data on several terms in a row, reset the Help Browser
each time by clicking on its Master Index tab.  Otherwise, it may
display unexpected results.

Maybe Wolfram can modify the Help Browser to default to its Master
Index whenever it is open and the F1 key is pressed.

Regards,
Harold


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