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

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*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 > >

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: Re: Documentation Center (v6): do-it-yourself Mathematica Book***From:*Tim Brophy <timbrophy@mac.com>

**References**:**Documentation Center (v6): do-it-yourself Mathematica Book***From:*thomas <thomas.muench@gmail.com>