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Re: Documentation Center (v6): do-it-yourself Mathematica Book

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  • Subject: [mg79838] Re: [mg79791] Documentation Center (v6): do-it-yourself Mathematica Book
  • From: Selwyn Hollis <selwynh at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2007 03:39:42 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <200708041000.GAA06032@smc.vnet.net>

Thanks for posting this. It wouldn't work on my Mac, so I fixed that  
and did a bit of tidying-up so that it runs without squawking or  
showing the notebooks that are opened and so that section title links  
are in the right font and have spaces between words.

- Selwyn Hollis


fn = FileNames[
       "*Overview.nb", ToFileName[{$InstallationDirectory ,
          "Documentation", "English", "System", "Tutorials"}]];
(*Find "Overview.nb" files in the tutorials-directory*)
  nameList = {StringTake[#,
       {StringPosition[#, $PathnameSeparator][[-1, 1]] +1,-12}],
           "paclet:tutorial/" <>
       StringTake[#,
        {StringPosition[#, $PathnameSeparator][[-1, 1]] +1,-4}], #}&/ 
@fn;
(*create a list of strings needed for future code*)
Do[nameList[[i, 1]] =
    "New: " <> nameList[[i, 1]], {i, {3,6,7,8,18,28,29,40,41,46,48}}];
(* mark the chapter not present in v5.2 with "New: "*)
  orderOfChapters = {{36, 3, 8, 31, 4, 47, 1, 39, 32, 14, 20, 16, 18,
         17, 11, 43}, {10, 13, 35, 48, 22, 45, 9, 27, 38, 42, 44, 23,  
12,
         26, 15, 40, 41}, {30, 25, 2, 21, 5, 7, 37, 19, 33, 34, 28,  
29, 6,
         46, 24}};
(*The file list is alphabetical-this is the order in which the \
chapters should appear*)
structure = Table[nameList[[i]], {k, 3}, {i, orderOfChapters[[k]]}];
(*needed for the code further down-represents the structure of the \
Mathematica book*)
mainChapters = {"A Practical Introduction to Mathematica",
       "Principles of Mathematica",
       "Advanced Mathematics in Mathematica"};
(*The three main headings*)
  d[x_] := Module[{sectitle = StringReplace[StringReplace[First[x],
       {l1_?LowerCaseQ ~~  l2_?UpperCaseQ :> l1 <> " " <> l2}],
{" And " ->  " and ", " Of " -> " of ", " In " -> " in ",
       " The " -> " the ", " For " -> " for "}]},
   Cell[
       BoxData[TagBox[
           ButtonBox[
             PaneSelectorBox[{False -> sectitle,
                 True -> StyleBox[sectitle, "HyperlinkActive"]},
               Dynamic[CurrentValue["MouseOver"]],
               BaselinePosition -> Baseline, FrameMargins -> 0,
               ImageSize -> Automatic],
             BaseStyle -> {"Link", "Subsection"},
             ButtonData -> x[[2]], ButtonNote -> x[[2]] ],
           Annotation[#, x[[2]], "Hyperlink"] &]], "Subsection",
    CellDingbat -> None, ShowGroupOpener -> True,
    CellMargins -> {{36, 0}, {2, 7}}] ]
(*Cell representing a hyperlink to the "...Overview.nb" files*)
  nb = NotebookPut[];
SetOptions[nb, StyleDefinitions -> "Book/Textbook.nb"];
NotebookWrite[
     nb, {Cell["The Virtual Mathematica Book (v6)", "Title"],
       Cell["A collection of links to the tutorials present in the \
     Mathematica 6.0 Documentation Center, arranged in the order of \
     chapters in \"The Mathematica Book\".", "Text",
     CellMargins -> {{27, 0}, Inherited}]  }  ];
Do[NotebookWrite[nb, Cell[mainChapters[[k]], "Section"] ];
     Do[NotebookWrite[nb, d[i]];
       With[{nb1 = NotebookOpen[i[[3]], Visible -> False ]},
         NotebookFind[nb1, "TOCChapter", All, CellStyle];
      NotebookWrite[nb,  NotebookRead[nb1] //.
       "TOCChapter" -> Sequence @@
         {"Text", CellMargins -> {{48, 0}, Inherited}}];
      NotebookClose[nb1]], {i, structure[[k]]}], {k, 3}];
SelectionMove[nb, All, Notebook]; FrontEndExecute[
   FrontEndToken["SelectionCloseAllGroups"]];
  FrontEndExecute[ FrontEndToken["OpenCloseGroup"]];
(*Creates the Mathematica Book.The With[...] block in the middle \
opens an "Overview.nb" file,extracts the embedded hyperlinks,and \
prints those into the Mathematica Book as well.*)




On Aug 4, 2007, at 6:00 AM, thomas wrote:

> Many users on this discussion group have complained about the absence
> of "The Mathematica Book" in the new Documentation Center; mainly
> because of a missing linear introductory text of Mathematica which was
> present in the old Help system.
>
> I completely agree. However, I noticed that the various tutorial files
> in the Documentation center contain the text of "The Book". What is
> really missing is the outline. So I decided to build my own do-it-
> yourself version of the book. It turned out to be quite simple, thanks
> to the ingenious naming rules of the tutorial files (all main chapter
> TOC files end with "...Overview.nb".)
>
> The following code opens a new notebook, and prints a collection of
> hyperlinks to Documentation Center tutorials, laid out in the order of
> the good old Mathematica book. Simply execute the code and save the
> notebook for your own use. There are 11 chapters that I could not find
> in "The Mathematica Book" of the v5.2 Help system, I integrated them
> in an order that seemed most appropriate to me. The are marked by
> "New: ".
>
> Note that this link collection does not contain links to all
> tutorials. For example, no links to the "Manipulate" tutorials exist.
> Neither are the packages represented.
>
> Also be warned that the code opens help files to extract hyperlinks
> for incorporation in "The Book", and closes them again. Lots of
> windows appearing and disappearing on the screen. There will also be
> warnings and a "beeps" popping up because of a mismatch in cell
> styles, which you can ignore. Everything works fine despite the
> mismatch. At the end, just close the "Why the beep" dialog box.
>
> Here is the code that you need to execute to build your own book in
> v6.0.x:
>
> [...]
>
> I hope that you might find this as helpful as I do!
>
> Happy clicking,
> Thomas
>
>



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