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