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Re: How to change the directory for the docs?

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  • Subject: [mg115400] Re: How to change the directory for the docs?
  • From: telefunkenvf14 <rgorka at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2011 02:37:11 -0500 (EST)
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On Jan 7, 3:07 am, kj <no.em... at please.post> wrote:
> In <ifuorh$cb... at smc.vnet.net> telefunkenvf14 <rgo... at gmail.com> writes:
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> >On Jan 3, 2:57 am, kj <no.em... at please.post> wrote:
> >> In <ifpk99$bs... at smc.vnet.net> David Bailey <d... at removedbailey.co.uk>=
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> >> >It might help to explain why you want to do this. There is probably a=
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> >> >easier way to achieve whatever it is you want to do.
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> >> Well, if you want to know, I've copied all the Mathematica
> >> documentation notebooks to a personal directory, so that I can
> >> modify them at will.  The ultimate goal is to supplement these
> >> notebooks with important information that they lack, and to fix
> >> factual errors in them.  I want all the built-in Mathematica help
> >> facilities to point to these annotated notebooks rather than to
> >> the "official" ones.
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> >> ~kj
> >Now I'm intrigued... Can we make a wiki version?!?
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> That's exactly right.  In fact, I think that something similar to
> a wiki should be the standard way to document all software.  The
> difference from a wiki is that the various strands of contribution
> (including the original documentation) are kept separate.  The
> viewer can choose to turn on or off strands by individual authors.
> I've seen something similar to this done before (Postgres, Perl),
> but it has not caught on for some reason, despite the general
> proliferation of wikis.
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> >(Guessing WRI would
> >not be happy with this---umm...copy rights?)
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> That was my guess too.  Judging by the tight-fistedness of their
> documentation, I can guess that they'd want absolute control over
> anything that could be construed as documentation for Mathematica.
> Avoiding hassles from WRI's lawyers is the main reason I have not
> set up a wiki-like site like the one described above.  (And I
> wouldn't be surprised on bit if WRI has squashed similar efforts
> before.)
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> ~kj

The copy right issue seems especially relevant (to me) given that the
documentation is so strongly rooted in the 'Mathematica Book' by Dr.
Wolfram.

-RG


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