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

From: Duncan Murdoch <murdoch_at_stats.uwo.ca>
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2009 07:21:31 -0500

On 13/11/2009 3:37 AM, Henrik Bengtsson wrote:
> Hi,
>
> right now it is actually a bit tricky to locate and view the NEWS and
> the CHANGES files, especially if you are a beginning and don't even
> know that you are supposed to look for them.
>
> 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.
>

I've done this now in R-devel.

(I thought I'd written about this yesterday, but I don't see my post, so maybe it never made it out. If it did, the text below may be a repeat.)

It would look better if the files were translated into HTML. Anyone want to write a news2HTML function?

I haven't done any of the package-specific suggestions yet; they're slightly trickier because packages are inconsistent in how they present news. For those, I think we should use the news() function, but it requires the news2HTML translation to give nice looking output.

Duncan Murdoch



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