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Re: Yet another Mathematica docs whopper

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  • Subject: [mg47156] Re: Yet another Mathematica docs whopper
  • From: bobhanlon at (Bob Hanlon)
  • Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2004 00:07:46 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <c437v8$ef1$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

The search will not locate (step through) all instances of the target word just
those that have been indexed.  For example, a search for BesselJ will not find
the use of BesselJ in the Further Examples under ListPlot.

Bob Hanlon

In article <c437v8$ef1$1 at>, "Steven Shippee"
<slshippee at> wrote:

<< I'm REALLY not meaning to be a knucklhead here, but if I click on HELP in
Mathematica then click on HELP BROWSER, I get a "text box" where I can type
in a term to do a search on.

What do you all (more experienced users) mean, remembering I am a novice
user, by "it would be nice if help were searchable"?

Thanks in advance,

Steven Shippee

"J Krugman" <jkrugman at> wrote in message
news:c3udt9$9pd$1 at
> I've posted about the poor quality of Mathematica's documentation
> before, and received several e-mails challenging my claim that this
> documentation is awash in errors and woefully incomplete.  Well,
> for those who doubt, here's the latest example I just bumped into:
>   In[1]:= ??AspectRatio
>   AspectRatio is an option for Show and related functions which specifies
>               ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>      ratio of height to width for a plot.
>   Attributes[AspectRatio] = {Protected}
>   In[2]:= SetOptions[Show, AspectRatio->Automatic];
>   SetOptions::optnf: AspectRatio is not a known option for Show.
>                      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> Faced with this sort of nonsense, what is a user to do?
> I am furious, because I spend an unreasonable amount of time
> resolving inadequacies like this one in the Mathematica documentation.
> Considering the exorbitant sum we paid for Mathematica, I expect
> something much better documented than this.

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