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another thought re Documentation Center vs. The Book

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  • Subject: [mg80220] another thought re Documentation Center vs. The Book
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 04:13:39 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
  • Reply-to: murray at math.umass.edu

I don't know why I didn't realize it until just now, but in addition to 
the two faults (among a GREAT many advantages) of the version 6 
Documentation Center as contrasted with "The Mathematica Book"...

   (1) the former is electronic only, the latter also came in print;

   (2) the former lacks the linear/spiral organization of the latter

... is a third:

   (3) the former lacks the lovely two-column layout of examples in the 
latter, with pithy legends/descriptions to the left of the displayed 
Input and Output.

That layout is a lot easier to comprehend, often at a glance, I find, 
than having to read going downwards from a text cell to an Input/Output 
pair to another text cell.

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Murray Eisenberg                     murray at math.umass.edu
Mathematics & Statistics Dept.
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University of Massachusetts                413 545-2859 (W)
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