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Where is the Mathematica Book in Documentation Center?

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  • Subject: [mg75987] Where is the Mathematica Book in Documentation Center?
  • From: Mark Adler <madler at>
  • Date: Mon, 14 May 2007 03:49:32 -0400 (EDT)

The old help function was actually helpful.

Aside from the fact that I now need to know how to spell in order to
get help from the "Documentation Center", I can't find the good stuff
that used to be there.  (Apparently you can use asterisk as a wild
card to help a little with the spelling thing.)

Most notably the Mathematica Book is missing in action.  I used to be
able to simply read the book, chapter and verse, find references to
functions in several places in the book, and use the book's index.

Now I can't find any of that.

Also when I look at functions that are in packages, there is no
information or examples about how to load or depend on the package.
All I want to see is the relevant Get or Needs expression to be able
to use the function.

The information on functions now seems rather terse, with no real
explanations or decent examples.  (Yes, I click on all the things I
can click on to see what's there.)

Another funny thing is that even though the Documentation Center
doesn't try to complete what you're typing like the old Help did,
typing in Documentation Center is monumentally slow!  I can type much
faster than the text displays in the window.  I then watch it fill in
what I typed.  What's with that?

Overall, this seems like a horrible downgrade from the Help in 5.2.

Mark Adler

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