[Rd] generating HTML help pages

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Jan 28 08:46:22 CET 2011

Installing your package with 'R CMD INSTALL --html' gives you an 
'html' directory with an index and all the static HTML help files.
(That is in the R-admin manual, under 'Help options'.)

For a single page, you will need to write your own code -- but since R 
is Open Source you have lots of examples to go from.

On Fri, 28 Jan 2011, 016750 wrote:

> Dear All,
> I need to convert all Rd help pages for my package to HTML format in order to 
> serve these on our web-server. Ideally, I would like to do that as "all docs 
> in single page" and also index page + one html page per Rd file.
> Looking through documentation the only clues I could find were
> * R CMD Rdconv --type=html FILE, which does not produce cross-links, does not 
> process multiple files, and does not produce index file
> and
> * 
> tools::Rd2HTML("pathtopackage/file.Rd",Links=findHTMLlinks("pathtopackage")); 
> this will do a better job by producing cross-links, but again, no multiple 
> files processing, and no index
> This is not a big deal to make a loop over all files in my "man", and I can 
> copy "00Index.html" from library/package/html after install, but I wonder if 
> there is a more straightforward way to achieve my aim? Also, any suggestions 
> as for generating a single HTML with all help pages of a package?
> with best regards, and sorry if I am off-topic,
> Yurii
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