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Re: How to change the directory for the docs?

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  • From: DrMajorBob <btreat1 at>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2011 02:38:02 -0500 (EST)

I wouldn't call the documentation a disgrace, but it IS unequal to the

Perhaps nothing could be equal to the task of documenting a system so
huge, but Mathgroup itself comes pretty close, I think.


On Sun, 09 Jan 2011 01:17:31 -0600, kj < at> wrote:

> In <ig97qk$1sa$1 at> Murray Eisenberg <murray at>  
> writes:
>> A wiki, controlled by WRI or outside, could be valuable. But not at the
>> expense of the built-in documentation, where, for example:
>>   - the F1 key or the >> link in a ?name output in a notebook takes you
>> directly to the relevant reference page;
>>   - you can directly execute input in a doc page, as is or when you
>> change it in place; and
>>   - you can copy input cells or groups directly into your notebook,
>> without any conversion difficulties.
>> Moreover, my experience with on-line help for other programs is that the
>> browser itself, however minimal, wastes valuable screen space. The
>> economy of the Documentation Center window surpasses that of any on-line
>> docs I've used.
> Well, like I've written before, I happen to think that the standard
> Mathematica documentation is a disgrace, something that all those
> responsible for ought to be ashamed of.  I know that no one shares
> my opinion, and I won't attempt to argue for it further.  But I
> think you can see that, to someone who has my opinion, your post
> will sound like "looking for one's lost keys under the lamppost",
> i.e. placing convenience over effectiveness.
> ~kj

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