[ESS] interactive sas help?

Rodney Sparapani rsparapa at mcw.edu
Thu Feb 5 21:48:21 CET 2009

tdhock at OCF.Berkeley.EDU wrote:
> The only feature I wish I had is an interactive help facility similar to
> what we get in iESS[S] mode, where a help page pops up in a new buffer
> after you type ?something (I love this feature). Is there any plan to
> introduce a similar feature for iESS[SAS]? Is there any help I could do
> with the development?

Well, SAS is not object-oriented so I don't think this makes much sense.

> A couple ideas for implementation of the feature: I found where the SAS
> help files are stored on my system, but they are in a binary format that I
> can't read. (anybody know how to crack them?) A more straightforward
> option may be to use an emacs web browser, i.e.
> http://emacs-w3m.namazu.org/ or http://www.gnu.org/software/w3/ and point
> it to online SAS HTML docs, i.e.
> http://netra.msu.montana.edu/docs/sas/main.htm
> Thanks in advance for any input/advice/suggestions,
> Sincerely,
> Toby Dylan Hocking

As far as syntax goes, take a look at the recent additions to ESS[R] 


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