Re: [Rd] Links to non-vignette documentation

From: Berwin A Turlach <berwin_at_maths.uwa.edu.au>
Date: Sat 25 Feb 2006 - 08:34:47 GMT

G'day all,

>>>>> "HW" == hadley wickham <h.wickham@gmail.com> writes:

>> There aren't any immediate plans to change help(package=XXX), but I
>> think in the long run, if package?XXX receives wider support than it has
>> now, it would make sense to make that change.
    HW> When was this form of package documentation created? Well, the section in "Writing R extensions" on "Documenting packages" appeared first in the version for R 2.2.0. My impression is that this form of package documentation was created in response to the following discussion:

        http://tolstoy.newcastle.edu.au/R/devel/05/06/index.html#1141 In particular, look at message :

        http://tolstoy.newcastle.edu.au/R/devel/05/06/1161.html in that thread.

    HW> How are users supposed to know it exists? By asking questions (or following the discussions) on r-help and r-devel? ;-))

More seriously, as Duncan pointed out in his reply, this is a relatively new feature and few packages support it. But I guess sooner or later this feature will be advertised more widely, if only because of it being again and again mentioned in discussions on r-help and r-devel.

Cheers,

        Berwin



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