[Rd] Wishlist: Vignettes on CRAN

Spencer Graves spencer.graves at pdf.com
Mon May 22 19:11:57 CEST 2006

Might it be feasible to just bundle any vignettes with the help file? 
Wouldn't this make them more accessible to, e.g., RSiteSearch?

Just a thought.  Spencer Graves

McGehee, Robert wrote:
> I was recently browsing through CRAN's Finance task view to remind
> myself of the publicly available packages relevant to my work. As the
> reference manuals are all online, I am able to flip through the
> available functions to get an idea of the package's scope before
> downloading. 
> That said, many authors have taken the time to additionally provide a
> useful vignette which provides a better overview to complicated
> packages. However, as far as I can tell, the only way to read or even
> know if a package has a vignette is to first download and unpack the
> package source, which is inconvenient when one wants to understand a
> package _before_ installing.
> Perhaps an easy way to make vignettes more accessible to the end user
> would be to link the vignette PDF directly to the download page so that
> one could download it just as one can download the reference manual or
> package source. This both publicizes the vignette (since many users may
> even be unaware that a package has a vignette) and facilitates browsing.
> Just a thought!
> Best,
> Robert
> Robert McGehee
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