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Re: what's new in 8.0.1?

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  • Subject: [mg117254] Re: what's new in 8.0.1?
  • From: Armand Tamzarian <mike.honeychurch at>
  • Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2011 05:24:53 -0500 (EST)
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On Mar 12, 9:08 pm, Bill Rowe <readn... at> wrote:
> On 3/11/11 at 4:35 AM, mike.honeychu... at (Armand Tamzarian)
> wrote:
> >1. re: bug. Evaluating user documentation before a release ought to be
> >part of the pre-release screening. Bugs that show up when evaluating
> >user documentation are, by definition, bugs that are readily
> >detectable. Allowing these through creates perceptions of carelessness
> >and poor quality assurance.
> How easily an issue in user documentation is found clearly
> depends on the size of the documentation. For Mathematica
> version 4 (when the documentation was still be distributed as
> hard copy), the documentation was a 1470 page hard bound volume
> with an additional 535 page soft cover volume. For Mathematica
> 8, if the documentation were printed, it would likely be 15-20
> volumes of the size of the hard bound volume that came with
> version 4. It is unrealistic to expect that much documentation
> to be error free. Nor is it accurate to say errors in that much
> documentation are "readily detectable".

Couldn't disagree more. Evaluate notebook and then search for pink
boxes, search for error messages. Are you suggesting that couldn't be
done programmatically by the makers of the best software ever

This is currently not being done (self evidently) and could be readily

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