Re: Re: Text search within a documentation page?
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- Subject: [mg90934] Re: [mg90910] Re: Text search within a documentation page?
- From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
- Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 03:52:59 -0400 (EDT)
- Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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Except that it lacks an index -- and this is no insignificant matter! --
doesn't the belatedly added Virtual Book" address many of the needs for
tutorial (what you call "user") documentation? Just the sort of thing
that constituted the beginning of "The Book" before.
> I don't know what kind of blindness it is within WRI that has led to the
> current documentation disaster for Mathematica (and that's truly what it
> is). The currently available documentation is not particularly bad as
> _reference_ documentation; but it is very badly done and badly
> structured as _user_ documentation, and could be made vastly more
> friendly and helpful with very little work. Great companies are
> supposedly made great by paying close attention to their customers.
> I've yet to see any real recognition of that in Mathematica -- at least
> not for the kind of customers I'm associated with.
Murray Eisenberg murray at math.umass.edu
Mathematics & Statistics Dept.
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University of Massachusetts 413 545-2859 (W)
710 North Pleasant Street fax 413 545-1801
Amherst, MA 01003-9305
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