[Rd] vignettes present in 2 folders or won't work
murdoch@dunc@n @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Mon Nov 2 11:22:02 CET 2020
On 02/11/2020 4:07 a.m., Mark van der Loo wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 1, 2020 at 10:39 PM Duncan Murdoch <murdoch.duncan using gmail.com
> <mailto:murdoch.duncan using gmail.com>> wrote:
> On 01/11/2020 2:57 p.m., Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:
> > The closest to a canonical reference for a static vignette is the
> basic blog
> > post by Mark at
> > which I follow in a number of packages.
> > Back to the original point by Alexandre: No, I do _not_ think we
> can do
> > without a double copy of the _pre-made_ pdf ("input") and the
> _resulting_ pdf
> > ("output").
> > That bugs me a little too but I take it as a given as static /
> > vignettes are non-standard (given lack of any mention in WRE, and
> the pretty
> > obvious violation of the "spirit of the law" of vignette which is
> after all
> > made to run code, not to avoid it). Yet uses for static vignettes
> are pretty
> > valid and here we are with another clear as mud situation.
> In many cases such files aren't vignettes.
> By definition, packages should contain plain text source code for
> vignettes. They can contain other PDF files in inst/doc, but if you
> don't include the plain text source, those aren't vignettes.
> An exception would be a package that contains the source code but
> doesn't want to require CRAN or other users to run it, because it's too
> time-consuming, or needs obscure resources. The CRAN policy
> discusses this.
> Duncan Murdoch
> It would be nice if the documents in inst/doc were linked to on the CRAN
> landing page of a package. I think that documents under inst/doc are a
> bit hard to find if package authors do not create (possibly many) links
> to them in Rd files or vignettes.
What I'd suggest is that you write a "browseDocs" function that displays
them in some nice format (similar to "browseVignettes"). Maybe CRAN
would choose to add a new category listing its results, but at a
minimum, you could very easily add a vignette called "Other documents"
that contains a list of links. It wouldn't be as prominent as
"Vignettes" on CRAN, but you could make the display as prominent as you
want on your own web page.
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