Re: Where is the Mathematica Book in Documentation Center?
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- Subject: [mg76200] Re: [mg75987] Where is the Mathematica Book in Documentation Center?
- From: Mark Adler <madler at alumni.caltech.edu>
- Date: Thu, 17 May 2007 06:14:11 -0400 (EDT)
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Thank you for your comments. I would like to do some comparisons of
the old and new help. So ...
Can 5.2 and 6.0 installations coexist on the same machine (within a
single instantiation of an operating system on that machine) and work
independently? If so, is there a way for me to download the 5.2
package again so I can reinstall it? (Like an idiot, I deleted the
old installation package once the new version appeared to be
working.) Then I can compare directly the help functions in each. I
don't want to make claims from my faulty memory about things that I
think were in the 5.2 help.
I was not in love with the 5.2 help -- there were a lot of things I
didn't like about it. (Having only one help window was one of them,
which is fixed in 6.0.) However what I found most useful were the
links into the Mathematica book, where I could read about not only
what I had asked about, but a bunch of other things in the vicinity,
some related, some not so related. And I would inevitably wander off
in the book and discover some other things I didn't know.
(Mathematica is like a sprawling urban development that grows much
faster than I can walk around to explore it.)
The book encouraged a new journey whenever I used the help. The
Documentation Center seems more like a very large collection of dead
ends and perhaps a few cul-de-sacs with some houses that you might
I will try to provide some more detailed deficiencies if I can
somehow run 5.2 alongside 6.0 to compare.
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