[Rd] Suggesting changes to HELP files?

Gabor Grothendieck ggrothendieck at gmail.com
Sun May 21 18:02:41 CEST 2006

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On 5/21/06, Spencer Graves <spencer.graves at pdf.com> wrote:
>          Is there a procedure for suggesting changes to HELP files of the core
> R distribution?  If yes, what is it?  If it would be considered a
> friendly gesture, I could find the relevant *.Rd file and submit a
> suggested modification to it someplace.  Alternatively, I could just
> send suggestions someplace if they would receive appropriate
> consideration.
>          On many occasions, I think of modifications, e.g., additional
> examples, that could be added to 'help' pages that I believe would make
> it easier for people to understand how to use some R feature.  Instead,
> I often provide the same answer multiple times to different posts.
>          I can think of two changes off the top of my head that I'd like to
> see:  First, many if not all of the helps page in the nlme and lme4
> packages should, I believe, include a reference Pinheiro and Bates.
> This is not the place for modesty on the part of Pinheiro, Bates, and
> co-workers.  I believe that many requests for help might be eliminated
> if such references were added.  Failing that, it would be easier for
> people like me to suggest someone read that book, because I wouldn't
> feel such a need to spell out the entire citation every time.
>          Second, I think the description of 'vignette' could be enhanced to
> include some version of my 'p.s.' to
> 'http://finzi.psych.upenn.edu/R/Rhelp02a/archive/73494.html' and other
> similar posts.  In particular, I see that the 'edit' method is described
> there, but I didn't understand what it said until I already knew how to
> use it.  Also, 'edit' doesn't work for me under ESS / Emacs.  For that,
> I use Stangle (as Sundar Dorai-Raj taught me).
>          Thanks,
>          Spencer Graves
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