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Re: A new graphic user interface

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  • Subject: [mg111675] Re: A new graphic user interface
  • From: "E. Martin-Serrano" <eMartinSerrano at telefonica.net>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2010 03:54:11 -0400 (EDT)

Hi,

One possible approach.

Trusted users could be all owners of a license. All contributions might be
edited or refined by anyone under well established protocols and rules and
Wolfram would designate privileged maintainers to keep things tidy. This is
the way Wikipedia works.

Somehow, the standard WRI documentation would be kept isolated from this
procedure except for the addition of the links from the standard
documentation to the expanded Wiki-like contributions.

E. Martin-Serrano. 


-----Original Message-----
From: David Bailey [mailto:dave at removedbailey.co.uk] 
Sent: Monday, August 09, 2010 11:15 AM
To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
Subject: [mg111675] [mg111661] Re: A new graphic user interface

On 08/08/10 12:21, telefunkenvf14 wrote:

>
> 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!!
>
This is an excellent idea - I hope WRI are listening!

For example, people would soon flag the fact that MatrixForm leaves an 
extra layer in expressions like:

A = Transpose[B]//MatrixForm

This is not obvious from the documentation.

Of course, to make this work, WRI would have to vet the extra material, 
or give trusted users the right to add material.

David Bailey

http://www.dbaileyconsultancy.co.uk



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