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Re: How to bring up specific doc page programmatically?

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  • Subject: [mg114369] Re: How to bring up specific doc page programmatically?
  • From: David Reiss <dbreiss at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2010 05:40:28 -0500 (EST)
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Simpler version:

SystemOpen["paclet:ref/Plot"]

--David

On Dec 1, 2:10 am, kj <no.em... at please.post> wrote:
> Is there a way to bring up a specific documentation page
> programmatically?  IOW, is there some Mathematica expression whose
> evaluation would cause some specific Documentation Center page
> (e.g., the one for tutorial/Operators) to come come up? (BTW,
> tutorial/Operators here is just a random example; I want to be able
> to do this for any arbitrary documentation page, or indeed any
> string, as one would type it in the location bar of the documentation
> browser.)
>
> This is the best I've managed so far:
>
> PopDoc[s_] := Module[{nb},
>   nb = First@Notebooks[];
>   NotebookWrite[nb, s, All];
>   FrontEndExecute[FrontEndToken["SelectionHelpDialog"]];
>   NotebookWrite[nb, "", All];
> ]
>
> Evaluating PopDoc["tutorial/Operators"] does indeed bring up the
> corresponding doc page, but the process has two problems: 1) it
> clutters the notebook with an unnecessary cell; and 2) it BEEPS.
> I can live with the clutter, but the beep drives me nuts.
>
> Both problems are related to the fact that the only way I have
> found to bring up a doc page programmatically requires that the
> notebook's current selection be set to the string representing the
> page (e.g.  "tutorial/Operators").  This is what causes the first
> problem (the unnecessary cell is where the this dummy selection
> gets placed).  The second problem occurs when I wipe out the dummy
> selection.  Help > Why the Beep? says that
>
>   There is a problem with the position of the text insertion point.
>   The insertion point might not be where you intended.
>
> The optimal solution, of course, would be a way to bring up the
> desired page without having to fiddle with the selection at all.
> That would solve both problems in one swoop.  The next best solution
> would be a way to set the selection that is invisible to the user,
> so that no extra cells get created, and there's no need to wipe
> out the dummy selection.  Absent any of these alternatives, I'd
> settle for some way to turn off the beeping (or even just muting
> the volume just long enough to make the beep inaudible).
>
> TIA!
>
> ~kj



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