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Re: Re: Inserting user material in the HelpBrowser

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  • Subject: [mg52587] Re: [mg52572] Re: Inserting user material in the HelpBrowser
  • From: DrBob <drbob at>
  • Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 03:53:47 -0500 (EST)
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I don't think you've explained how the new menu item would be used; I'm guessing you'd put the cursor in the invisible cell, then use the menu item? Anyway, THIS SHOULD BE WRI-SUPPLIED.

Be that as it may, here's what I do in the OP's situation:

1) I click between cells above (below) the one I want to select.
2) I hold down the shift key and arrow down (up).
3) There may be no visual clue that the cell is selected; but it is.

If I want to delete the cell, I push delete.


On Thu, 2 Dec 2004 02:21:41 -0500 (EST), David Bailey <dave at> wrote:

> E. Martin-Serrano wrote:
>>  Hi,
>> Firstly, thanks to Wolfram (through Daniel Litchblau) for its support to
>> my post about time complexity in some Mathematica functions.
>> Now, I have spent some time trying to understand how help browser
>> notebooks (and related style sheets) work, and to the present, I do not
>> have problems to insert the help material in the browser (following the
>> guidance by Bob Treat, that is very easy). However, I am having problems
>> in developing the help material.
>> Assuming that I am using the default help browser style sheet
>> (HelpBrowser) to construct my help notebooks, these are being the two
>> main sources for my difficulties:
>> 1)       If I make a mistake in laying out some type of cells (like
>> emphasis boxes, object definitions, chapter and section, among many
>> others) the notebook becomes useless because there is not a visible way
>> to delete the mistaken cells. And I have to restart time and again. At
>> least, I cannot see it.
>> 2)        There are cell styles in the actual default help browser style
>> sheet (HelpBrowser) that do not appear in the help browser style sheet
>> listing in, as it appears in the Format/Style menu. For example:
>> ObjectName and Command, among many others. However these are
>> repeatedly used in the help browser material by Wolfram and others.
>> Some of my questions are:
>> - Are regular notebooks and help browser notebooks different sorts of notebook?
>> - How can one be able to affordably lay out a browser notebook without
>> the possibility of deleting mistaken cells through the menu interface?
>> - How can one affordably insert the needed instances of cell types
>> without the possibility applying the intended cell style format through
>> the menu interface?
>> - MathCaption, for example, is one of the styles available in the
>> Format/Style menu. Why Command,  ObjectName and Usage are not?
>> - ObjectName, for example, does not appear in the in the Format/Style
>> menu for the HelpBrowser style sheet. How can one apply this style cell
>> to a help browser notebook through the menu interface?
>> I have been diving into the help browser Front End/Style Sheets/ (and
>> the options inspector)  trying to figure out how to solve the
>> inconvenience, and I did not find any direct or menu driven procedure to
>> deal with the issues, I even tried altering the default style sheet:
>> even worse. Modifying the default help browser style sheet seems to be
>> not that straightforward or neutral. No doubt that the guidance is,
>> somehow (but, how?), and somewhere (but, where?) in the help browser
>> mesh (since other users did produce their own help material, it should
>> be there).
>> Finally, the thing I have not tried yet is editing the cells definition
>> after having showing the cell expression by Format/(Shift+Ctrl+E).
>> Should I?
>> I will really appreciate any help.
>> E. Martin-Serrano
> Hi,
> It is possible to select a cell even though the cell bracket is not
> visible. I modify my MENUSETUP.TR file with a text editor (but take a
> backup first!) to contain an extra menu item thus:
>        Item["Select Cell",FrontEndExecute[
>                                Module[{Set[nb,InputNotebook[]]},
>                                SelectionMove[nb,All,Cell];
>                                ]
> Obviously, you have to chose which main menu to attach it to.
> Be very careful - if you get the file wrong Mathematica will not start.
> You can use & characters in the menu item name to create an alt-shortcut
> under Windows.
> After you have selected a cell - even though it is not visible - you can
> cut/copy/delete it.
> David Bailey

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