[Rd] Suggestion: help(<package name>)

Kurt Hornik Kurt.Hornik at wu-wien.ac.at
Tue Jun 7 13:10:42 CEST 2005

>>>>> Henrik Bengtsson writes:

> Hi,
> I would like to suggest a standard where all packages provide an Rd page 
> with the same name (or aliased) as the name of package so that 
> help(<package name>) or ?<package name> is always here. This especially 
> of interest to large packages with a large package index. This page 
> could explain the package in general and gives some hints on how to 
> start - not like extensive vignettes, but just to get started, e.g. list 
> the "most important" functions.  This page could typically contain 
> information that is in the DESCRIPTION file (which contains valuable 
> information hardly every accessed by a general user), such as who is the 
> maintainer, how to report bugs and so on.

How would this be different from the results of

	help(package = <package name>)



> If you think the above is a good idea, then, would it even be useful to 
> enforce the existance of such a Rd page in R CMD check?

> Henrik Bengtsson

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