Re: Re: Re: :: notation

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg77799] Re: [mg77772] Re: [mg77712] Re: :: notation*From*: DrMajorBob <drmajorbob at bigfoot.com>*Date*: Sun, 17 Jun 2007 06:02:20 -0400 (EDT)*References*: <f4r4fu$a36$1@smc.vnet.net> <200706150839.EAA16034@smc.vnet.net> <22210468.1181983927214.JavaMail.root@m35>*Reply-to*: drmajorbob at bigfoot.com

> Are there other issues related to finding help for a specific function > that make 6 worse than 5.2? Highlight ComplexMap and press the Help key. Bobby On Sat, 16 Jun 2007 02:33:34 -0500, Carl Woll <carlw at wolfram.com> wrote: > Szabolcs wrote: > >> Andrew Moylan wrote: >> >> >>> What are the properties of the :: notation? As in the following: >>> >>> function::usage = "bla"; >>> >>> Where can I read about this notation in the documentation? >>> >>> >> >> You can check its FullForm and see that it is called MessageName, then >> search for "MessageName" the the v6 doc center. >> >> Or you can use the much better 5.2 documentation to look it up directly >> ;) >> >> > There are aspects of the 5.2 documentation that people miss in 6, but > surely the documentation for a particular function is generally much > better in 6 than in 5.2. If we compare MessageName in 5.2 vs 6, we see > that the notes are identical, but 6 includes several examples involving > MessageName which 5.2 does not. > > Also, for looking up specific function help, I don't think 5.2 and 6 are > that different. In both 5.2 and 6 we can do > > ?:: > > and then click on the link to get the MessageName help. Also, in both > 5.2 and 6, if you type > > MessageName > > in the notebook, put the mouse pointer inside the word and then click > find selected function, you will go directly to the MessageName page. > > I think the only place where 5.2 is different, and more convenient for > finding help on a specific function, is when one looks up a function > after opening the help browser. In this case the lookup field is > selected and blank. Moreover, as you type different entries in an > hierarchical table of contents are highlighted. > > In my usage of Mathematica, I usually know which function I want to use, > and I'll type it into the notebook. At that point, sometimes I'm not > sure about an aspect of using that function, so I'll move the mouse > pointer to the function and hit 'Find selected function', bringing up > the help for that function, which in general is very complete and > useful. Consequently, for me the help in 6 is much better than in 5.2 as > the function page documentation is better. > > Are there other issues related to finding help for a specific function > that make 6 worse than 5.2? > > Carl Woll > Wolfram Research > > > > -- DrMajorBob at bigfoot.com

**References**:**Re: :: notation***From:*Szabolcs <szhorvat@gmail.com>