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Re: 6.0 Standard Packages?, New Style Documentation?

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  • Subject: [mg77459] Re: 6.0 Standard Packages?, New Style Documentation?
  • From: Donald DuBois <donabc at>
  • Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2007 05:34:30 -0400 (EDT)

> 1) Is there anyplace in the documentation where one
> can find all the 
> 'standard packages' listed together in one place like
> they were in the 5.2 
> Help Browser?
> 2) Is there anyplace in the documentation that tell
> how to construct the new 
> style documentation, how to get a documentation style
> sheet, where to put 
> the documentation, and how to make sure that users
> have access to it?
> -- 
> David Park
> djmpark at

I would very much like to know the answer to Question 2 but can only help, perhaps, with Question 1.

The following function  will list all the packages
in a single grid (thanks to Harry Chalkin, WRI, for this):

   ToFileName[{$InstallationDirectory, "AddOns", "Packages"}]]; 
  FileNames[], 2], Frame -> All]

To get the function names in a Package define the
following function:

GetNames[pack_String] := (Needs[StringJoin[pack, "`"]]; 
  Names[StringJoin[pack, "`*"]])

Example of use:


results in:

{"ANOVA", "Bonferroni", "CellMeans", "Duncan", "Dunnett", \
"PostTests", "StudentNewmanKeuls", "Tukey"}

I have found it useful to go directly to some of the folders for documentation on a particular package.
For instance, (on a Windows Ver. 6 machine), documentation (Guides and Tutorials) 
can be found on the StatisticalPlots Package at

C:\Program Files\Wolfram Research\Mathematica\6.0\Documentation\English\Packages\StatisticalPlots\Documentation\English

The root folder for documentation on all the packages
is at:

C:\Program Files\Wolfram Research\Mathematica\6.0\Documentation\English\Packages

and then it's possible to go from there to a given package.

There are no "Standard Packages" as such.  They seem to fall into 4 categories: "Applications", "ExraPackages", "Legacy Packages" and "Packages".

This structure shows up in the following path  (Window machine, Ver. 6):

C:\Program Files\Wolfram Research\Mathematica\6.0\AddOns


Don DuBois

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