[Rd] finding vignettes for new users...

A.J. Rossini rossini@u.washington.edu
30 Apr 2002 06:07:37 -0700

>>>>> "brian" == Brian D Ripley <Prof> writes:

    >> 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).

    brian> `the Unix way'?   That is the one OS I know that does not come with
    brian> integrated support for doing that.  Under Windows (and I believe MacOS) you
    brian> just ask the OS to show the file, and it uses a central repository of
    brian> methods (which the user can tune) to choose how to do so.  (In R you call
    brian> shell.exec().)  Most versions ask the user what to do if no method is
    brian> registered.

Brian - I'm referring to the pipe/separate tools approach, which is
commonly referred to in the literature (late 80s, early 90s, on
computing tool design) as "the unix way", NOT to automated discovery,
which is the integrated/monolithic way (i.e. the 2 other OSs which you


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