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Mathematica Tutorials Format

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  • Subject: [mg89613] Mathematica Tutorials Format
  • From: "David Park" <djmpark at comcast.net>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2008 06:12:00 -0400 (EDT)

One thing that I find inconvenient about many of the Mathematica Tutorials 
is that Group Openers are not used for the Sections and Subsections. The 
result of this is that these tutorials are more like long scrolls than like 
codex books. It is very difficult to navigate a window with a narrow scroll 
bar. Nor is it easy to see what the overall organization is. It is a little 
difficult to remember what the different style of the headings are without a 
comparison in sight.

It's possible to close up the Sections in a Tutorial but this isn't 
remembered the next time you load it so is of little use.

Functional Section grouping beats out run-on scrolls every time, WRI has 
provided for it in their notebooks, they make good use of it for the 
examples and More Information sections on Functions pages,  so maybe they'll 
consider using it more often in Tutorials and maybe even in Guide pages.

-- 
David Park
djmpark at comcast.net
http://home.comcast.net/~djmpark/




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