Re: [Rd] Suggestion: Add links to NEWS and CHANGES on help.start() page

From: Henrik Bengtsson <hb_at_stat.berkeley.edu>
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 14:44:01 +0100

Please note my initial comment that it is hard for newcomers to find or even know about the existence of NEWS (and worse CHANGES) [for R itself]. Yet, we often imply that they should have read those before reporting problems.

/Henrik

On Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 2:31 PM, Romain Francois <romain.francois_at_dbmail.com> wrote:

> On 11/13/2009 10:52 AM, Karl Ove Hufthammer wrote:

>>
>> On Fri, 13 Nov 2009 09:37:31 +0100 Henrik Bengtsson
>> <hb_at_stat.berkeley.edu>  wrote:
>>>
>>> I'd like to recommend that links to (local) NEWS and CHANGES are added
>>> to the help.start() overview pages.  help("NEWS")/help("CHANGE LOG")
>>> and help("CHANGES") could display/refer to them as well.
>>
>> Are you talking of the NEWS and CHANGES for R itself, or for packages
>> too? It would be very useful having a convenience function for this for
>> packages too. Perhaps something like
>>
>> library(news=MASS) (or MASS as a character string)
>> and
>> library(changes=spdep)
>>
>> similar to library(help=MASS)
>>
>> Or have I overlooked something, and a function for this already exists?
>
> ?news
>
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