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Re: [Mathematica 6] What happened to the 5.2 HELP interface? Can

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  • Subject: [mg75599] Re: [Mathematica 6] What happened to the 5.2 HELP interface? Can
  • From: David Bailey <dave at Remove_Thisdbailey.co.uk>
  • Date: Sun, 6 May 2007 01:50:40 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <f1epld$4iq$1@smc.vnet.net>

Nasser Abbasi wrote:
> When I click on help in Mathematica 6, the familiar help interface is all 
> gone.
> 
> Now one gets a new thing called Documentation center.
> 
> I much prefer the old help interface. It was clear, and easy to use. The new 
> one is hard to use and now one does not know where everything else is. There 
> is no place to even enter something to search for. One must start by erasing 
> the string "grid/Mathematica" from the little window at the top to clear it 
> out. Very annoying.  before things where laid out in tabs. Now everything is 
> a link and one must keep clicking on links all the time.
> 
> Is there a way to tell Mathematica 6 to use the old help interface (same 
> help as in 5.2)? I looked as some options and such, but none there. I wish 
> they kept the old help system there for those who want to use it.
> 
> Nasser
> 
> 
I too preferred the old system. It was particularly good for package 
documentation where it often really makes sense to read the whole 
article. For example, looking up the help for LoadJavaClass made more 
sense with the old system because you could immediately see where it 
fitted into the broader J/Link documentation. Maybe it will get fixed in 
6.1!

David Bailey
http://www.dbaileyconsultancy.co.uk


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