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Re: what's new in 8.0.1?

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  • Subject: [mg117259] Re: what's new in 8.0.1?
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2011 05:25:47 -0500 (EST)

I disagree: Before a new release, all the input cells in the doc pages 
should be evaluated to be sure at least that they produce actual output 
and not errors.

On 3/12/2011 5:08 AM, Bill Rowe wrote:
> On 3/11/11 at 4:35 AM, mike.honeychurch 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".

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