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RE: Re: Missing information in Mathematica 6.0 Documentation

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  • Subject: [mg80448] RE: [mg80398] Re: Missing information in Mathematica 6.0 Documentation
  • From: "Owen, HL \(Hywel\)" <h.l.owen at dl.ac.uk>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2007 04:55:36 -0400 (EDT)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Helen Read [mailto:hpr at together.net] 
> Sent: 21 August 2007 10:05
> To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
> Subject: [mg80398] Re: Missing information in Mathematica 6.0 
> Documentation
> 
> Owen, HL (Hywel) wrote:
> > In Mathematica 5.2 I knew I had to load a Graphics package to plot 
> > things like Histograms. In Version 6.x, I assumed that a 
> lot of these 
> > functions had gone into the core, so didn't need to be loaded.
> > 
> > For example, I tried just running:
> > Histogram[Table[RandomReal[{1-0.05,1+0.05}],{100}]]
> > 
> > Nowhere in the documentation for 6.0 can I find that I now need this
> > command:
> > Needs["Histograms`"]
> > 
> > Luckily I found an example on the Demonstrations website.
> > 
> > Can the Mathematica Documentation team put this sort of 
> stuff into the 
> > documentation please? This stuff should be in the help files.
> 
> Try looking up "standard package compatibility guide" in the 
> Documention Center.
> 
> 
> -- 
> Helen Read
> University of Vermont
> 
Thanks for the pointer, but of course putting the information there is
wrong. Imagine I'm a new user of Mathematica 6.0 - I've never used any
other version. I want to do a histogram, so I type Histogram and ask for
help. There is no information on the help file that lets me run the
function - it just looks like it doesn't work properly.

Hywel



 



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