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Re: Re: Missing information in Mathematica 6.0 Documentation

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  • Subject: [mg80433] Re: [mg80398] Re: Missing information in Mathematica 6.0 Documentation
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2007 04:47:37 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
  • References: <fabp0i$4rk$1@smc.vnet.net> <200708210904.FAA14649@smc.vnet.net>
  • Reply-to: murray at math.umass.edu

That's not the only place such information needs to go!

The original poster was coming to 6.0 from 5.2 and _perhaps_ ought to 
have poked around about "compatibility".  But what about the new user 
coming to Mathematica for the first time with version 6.  Where would 
she try to look?

Helen Read wrote:
> 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.
> 
> 

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