R-alpha: help files of base package

Peter Dalgaard BSA p.dalgaard@kubism.ku.dk
11 Nov 1997 20:11:02 +0100

Friedrich Leisch <Friedrich.Leisch@ci.tuwien.ac.at> writes:

> I'm not happy at all with the html and latex version of the base help
> files, because presenting (currently) 320 files in alphabetic order is
> not a good way for unexperienced users.

You're not alone... but I'm afraid that this is something very
difficult to do right. Some things are easy, i.e. factor out graphics
functions and linear models, but other things might be difficult to
structure right, e.g. what goes in a "core" part? arithmetic?
programming constructs? etc.

> what do you think?
> how to organize such a thing (besides providing the technical means)?

I think we need to think for a while and try some things and see how
they work. One technical means that I've been wanting is a way to
extract a mini-manual to go with the reduced curriculum in my medical
PhD course. (Or maybe it's there already and I just didn't have the
time to find out?)

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