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

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  • Subject: [mg79859] Re: Documentation Center (v6): do-it-yourself Mathematica Book
  • From: David Reiss <dbreiss at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2007 01:28:46 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <200708041000.GAA06032@smc.vnet.net><f96jkn$qeb$1@smc.vnet.net>

Thanks for fixing whatever didn't work Selwyn.  I wrote it on my Mac,
but perhaps something got broken in the transiion to the news group...

--David


On Aug 6, 3:46 am, Selwyn Hollis <selw... at earthlink.net> wrote:
> 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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