[R-wiki] hyperlink to R doc from wiki R script
phgrosjean at sciviews.org
Thu Jan 26 10:29:31 CET 2006
Romain Francois wrote:
> Hi wiki people,
> I don't know what tool is used for colouring the R scripts that go into
> the wiki, probably highlight, the <span class="kw2">... seem familiar ....
> I wonder if that may be possible that the code link to (wiki) help pages
> for functions.
> For example, if one writes that script :
> a <- rnorm(100)
> One could imagine that for example the words 'mean' and 'rnorm' might be
> clickable and then link to
> I've done that kind of thing torturing (with R) the output of highlight
> for RGG.
> Maybe I can share that, but do not wait for something very pretty ;-)
> What about writing a perl? python? script to do that kind of task, or
> even modifying highlight ?
> What do you think ?
This is indeed and excellent idea! (By the way, the syntax highlighting
engine is GeSHi).
There are two ways to achieve this:
1) The Wiki engine hardcodes the link in the HTML version of the Wiki
page (that is, a <a href = ...>...</a>).
2) Make it possible to jump to the corresponding man page when one
highlights a function name and click a specific hotkey (Ctrl + F1?).
Solution 1 has the advantage of being compatible with all browsers.
Solution 2 is saving computation, because the link is computed only when
request by the user... and on the client.
There are, at least two reasons why solution 2 would be better:
1) The Wiki engine is already using much server CPU to compute HTML
versions of the Wiki pages (note the superiority of DokuWiki over a
couple of other Wiki engines here, because it has a cache mechanism
where he stores chunks of xhtml which are not recalculated every time).
2) I am still convincing we should be able to compile a given set of
pages and all linked pages into a single PDF file (there are a couple of
possible solutions to do so). If links to function help is hardcoded in
the HTML code, and the pdf is computed after HTML, then, all man pages
will be automatically included in the PDF, which is certainly not what
one is looking for.
is no more than 10 lines of code, indeed)?
P.S.: it would be nice to extend the acronym definition (look at the
start page for URL or RSS, for instance) to provide also a definition
for main functions (those in base packages, for instance). This is just
a mather of adding entries in a definition file in DokuWiki. I will look
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