[R-SIG-Mac] Cocoa Help System Totally Busted(tm)? And Other Random Notes (Not a Bug Report!)

Simon Urbanek simon.urbanek at math.uni-augsburg.de
Tue Nov 2 02:31:38 CET 2004


if you read the docs and our comments, you would know that we 
emphasized that the "?" hack is very temporary and the only reason it 
was kept in the release was that a modification of R is necessary for 
the clean solution and it was too late to do that for the 2.0.0 

IMHO the way to go (and I successfully tested) is to re-define the 
print methods for the help objects. As of htmlhelp - htmlhelp=FALSE 
basically doesn't make much sense in OS X. It's ok for the console 
version when the existence of a html browser is not guaranteed, but it 
make no sense in the Cocoa GUI.

On Nov 1, 2004, at 6:19 PM, Byron Ellis wrote:

> Only two-level nesting in the Workspace Browser doesn't work:

The WB is pretty much pre-alpha thing and will need major re-writing. 
Unfortunately that is a lot of work and other managers (with less work 
involved) need to be finished first. I hope that I can weed out that 
one this week so it'll be more viable for others to put their hands on 

> dragging an element from the workspace browser to the console would 
> paste it.

With respect to this and the WB, you may have a look at JGR - it's got 
both issues solved pretty well I guess. The only reason it's not 
implemented in R.app is the lack of programming power :P So send us the 
diffs and we'll be happy to include it ;)


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