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Re: RE: Re: Missing information in Mathematica 6.0 Documentation

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  • Subject: [mg80488] Re: [mg80448] RE: [mg80398] Re: Missing information in Mathematica 6.0 Documentation
  • From: DrMajorBob <drmajorbob at bigfoot.com>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2007 01:16:23 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <14913482.1187821938493.JavaMail.root@m35>
  • Reply-to: drmajorbob at bigfoot.com

I have to agree with Owen. A newbie wouldn't know what a "package" is, how  
to "load" one, or even that they need to be loaded.

Bobby

On Wed, 22 Aug 2007 03:55:36 -0500, Owen, HL (Hywel) <h.l.owen at dl.ac.uk>  
wrote:

>
>> -----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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-- 
DrMajorBob at bigfoot.com


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