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Re: A new graphic user interface

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  • From: "David Park" <djmpark at>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Aug 2010 05:12:45 -0400 (EDT)

In addition to the weekly full system backup on the PC backup drive, and a
monthly backup to DVD of all my important files, I also have a short term
CurrentBackup folder on my desktop. I make quick copies into there from the
home folder for current notebooks that I've been doing a lot of work on.
It's a simple low-tech method.

Make the Documentation Center like Wikipedia so users could edit it and add
examples or caveats? If it works for Wikipedia it might work for
Mathematica. Then could MathLeaks be far behind?

David Park
djmpark at  

From: telefunkenvf14 [mailto:rgorka at] 

On Aug 7, 5:22 am, Mihail <macherkass... at> wrote:

3. I'm not totally in favor of integrating backup features. I can
imagine cases where this would cause problems, slow-downs and crashes,
especially if notebooks are large. Perhaps a backup feature that
ignores output cells would work?

The irony is that as you get better at Mathematica you don't code as much
notebook crashing garbage, making backups redundant. (haha) Of course
this doesn't comfort new users... I use Microsoft LiveSync to sync my
notebooks across machines, and along with regular system backups, this
seems to be enough.

4. While I've also REALLY grown to love the documentation materials
(especially compared to other languages!!), I do wish there were a way
WRI could somehow include a way for users to contribute to it and
customize it. (i) When a user comes across a documentation example
they find confusing, it would be nice if there were small/discrete
button that linked to additional explanations provided by the
community. This would be a way to document 'gotchas' and points of
confusion amongst users---and would surely be useful summary info that
WRI could use to improve the product. (ii) I'd also like to be able to
bookmark locations in the documentation and save scraps of customized
code ideas, tagged to those bookmarks. I know this would cut down on
the mountain of scrap notebooks I have!!

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