Re: categorys in the Help Browser

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg55467] Re: categorys in the Help Browser*From*: Paul Abbott <paul at physics.uwa.edu.au>*Date*: Thu, 24 Mar 2005 03:42:16 -0500 (EST)*Organization*: The University of Western Australia*References*: <d1rh88$44d$1@smc.vnet.net>*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

In article <d1rh88$44d$1 at smc.vnet.net>, Andre Hollstein <hollstei at physik.fu-berlin.de> wrote: > I'm working on a project where we solve problems in physics with > mathematica. Interesting. A number of the tutorial examples at http://www.physik.fu-berlin.de/computerpraktikum/beispiele_eng.htm are similar to those I cover in my introductory computational science courses at http://physics.uwa.edu.au/for/current/undergrads/second_year/cp1 and http://physics.uwa.edu.au/for/current/undergrads/third_year/cp2 > All the material (our Homepage is > http://www.physik.fu-berlin.de/computerpraktikum) is included in the Help > Browser. The Problem is, that we need more than 8 Cathegories (e.g. Tour, > Demos,Master Index) in the Help Browser. If we simple add > more than 8 Categorys (with the HelpDirectoryListing[...] or > BrowserCategory[..] command) the Help Browser show only the first 8 of > them. > I think there are 2 possible solutions: > 1.) to find a possibility to add more than 8 Categorys This is straightforward. If you modify the top-level BrowserCategory listing (in the Documentation`English directory) to say BrowserCategory["Help Browser", None, { HelpDirectoryListing[{"RefGuide"}, False], HelpDirectoryListing[{"AddOns"}, False], HelpDirectoryListing[{"MainBook"}, False], HelpDirectoryListing[{"OtherInformation"}, False], HelpDirectoryListing[{"GettingStarted"}, False], HelpDirectoryListing[{"Tour"}, False], HelpDirectoryListing[{"Demos"}, False], HelpDirectoryListing[{"New1"}, False], HelpDirectoryListing[{"New2"}, False], HelpDirectoryListing[{"New3"}, False], BrowserCategory["Master Index", None, {HelpMasterIndex[]}] }] and re-build the Help Index, the Help Browser remains unchanged. However, if you now create 3 new folders -- New1, New2, New3 -- in this same directory, each containing BrowserCategories.m files, and re-build the Help Index, the Help Browser listing now has 11 entries, as expected. > 2.) to have a Second "Help Brower" which show just our material > I hope someone will have a solution for us. An alternative is to completely customize the Mathematica menus. An example of this approach is Physica, developed by John Bolton from Open University, Milton Keynes, UK, demonstrated at IMS 2001 and 2003. (However, at present it seems that the only way to get it is to enrol as a student at The Open University in Britain.) A paper on Physica is at Physica: A Computer Environment for Physics Problem-Solving Ross S.M.; Bolton J.P.R. Interactive Learning Environments, August 2002, 10(2): 157-175(19) Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd Physica is an integrated software package designed as part of a course for distance learning students from non-traditional educational backgrounds. It gives students access to an extensive hyperlinked physics glossary, computer algebra and graph-plotting tools. The package aims to give students a framework for solving physics problems and to help them acquire some higher level skills of quantitative problem-solving. This paper outlines rationales underlying various protocols for solving physics problems, and discusses the extent to which frameworks may be useful in helping students develop appropriate strategies for representing problems in formal terms, selecting targets, planning solutions and checking answers. Pedagogical issues underlying the design and implementation of the software are discussed. Cheers, Paul -- Paul Abbott Phone: +61 8 6488 2734 School of Physics, M013 Fax: +61 8 6488 1014 The University of Western Australia (CRICOS Provider No 00126G) 35 Stirling Highway Crawley WA 6009 mailto:paul at physics.uwa.edu.au AUSTRALIA http://physics.uwa.edu.au/~paul