[Rd] RFC: allow packages to advertise vignettes on Windows

Simon Urbanek simon.urbanek at r-project.org
Tue May 15 18:36:53 CEST 2007

On May 14, 2007, at 7:15 PM, Seth Falcon wrote:

> Hello,
> The vignette concept, which started in Bioconductor, seems to be  
> catching on.  They are supported by R CMD build/check and  
> documented in the Writing R Extensions manual.  I think vignettes  
> are a fantastic way to introduce new users to a package.  However,  
> getting new users to realize that a vignette is available can be  
> challenging.
> For some time now, we have had a function in Biobase that creates a  
> "Vignettes" menu item in the R Windows GUI and gives packages a  
> mechanism to register their vignettes so that they appear on this  
> menu.  I would like to see this functionality included in R so that  
> there can be a standard mechanism that doesn't depend on Biobase of  
> registering a package's vignettes with one of the R GUIs (currently  
> only Windows is supported, but I imagine the OS X GUI could also  
> implement this).

The Mac OS X GUI already has a Vignettes-browser - just click on  
"Help" -> "Vignettes"

I don't think using a menu list is a good idea as it substantially  
limits the UI. Also as the number of packages grows, you'll end up  
which dozens of entries in the menu which will render it useless.


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