[Rd] finding vignettes for new users...

A.J. Rossini rossini@u.washington.edu
29 Apr 2002 22:27:30 -0700

>>>>> "kurt" == Kurt Hornik <hornik@ci.tuwien.ac.at> writes:

>>>>> A J Rossini writes:
    >> What would be the best way to point new users to the PDF vignette
    >> file?   (it would be just jolly if library(vignette=packagename) fired
    >> up acrobat reader :-).

    kurt> The current procedure is that

    kurt> 	help(package = "FOO")
    kurt> 	library(help = "FOO")

    kurt> points you to the vignettes in package FOO (provided that there are
    kurt> some).  How to actually view them is something we need to carefully
    kurt> consider: e.g., an alternative would be to integrate viewing pdf into
    kurt> our current HTML help system.  I am not saying that this is a good idea
    kurt> though as I think we want to move to something that can render HTML and
    kurt> be controlled from R.

I'm more fond of the Unix way -- schlep the docs off to an appropriate
viewer.  (acroread, gv, or xpdf for Unix -- not sure what is
appropriate for Windows or Macs).

However, I'm being slow as usual -- of course most HTML browsers
"support" PDF viewers (as plugins or otherwise).

I can at least code that for local or restricted use.  Thanks, Kurt...


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