New design for R html help pages

Paul Gilbert
Tue, 27 Jan 1998 15:44:10 -0500

>Of course, what you really want is "magic links", so that jumping to
>say idx.htm#long.winded.fname automagically transfers you to say
>xr025.thm which contains the actual documentation for

What I did is about as close as I could get without magic links. In the index,
if you click on the name of a function you do get directly to the help for that
function (a file with a meaningless name). If you click on a "see also" link you
jump to the index at the name of the function, so you have to click a second
time on the name of the function. It was a compromise that didn't seem too bad
and made things realively simple.

I also considered rtf. I thought that I could do it but quickly realized that
the ongoing support effort would kill me. HTML was a choice that worked for Unix
(which I mainly use) and also for Windows. I was afraid that if I had to make
any ongoing special separate effort for Windows then it would quickly get

Paul Gilbert

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