Re: R-alpha: [jellis@uottawa.ca: Online_h**lp system]

Gregory R. Warnes (warnes@biostat.washington.edu)
Fri, 22 Nov 1996 09:23:24 -0800 (PST)


Date: Fri, 22 Nov 1996 09:23:24 -0800 (PST)
From: "Gregory R. Warnes" <warnes@biostat.washington.edu>
To: "Z. Todd Taylor" <zt_taylor@pnl.gov>
Subject: Re: R-alpha: [jellis@uottawa.ca: Online_h**lp system]
In-Reply-To: <199611221659.IAA21281@aggie.pnl.gov>


On Fri, 22 Nov 1996, Z. Todd Taylor wrote:

> I find HTML infuriating as a help format.  It is the rat's-eye
> view of the maze.  I prefer the scientist's-eye view.
> 
> A help system such as S-plus's (nroff piped into the 'less'
> filter) allows me to easily do searches for key words, phrases,
> partial words, words in a particular context, etc.  HTML forces
> me to "recursively" try every branch of the maze until I find
> what I'm looking for.  Or, I must rely on someone else's index
> that may or may not actually point to what I'm looking for.
> Don't get me wrong--the hot links to associated documentation
> are nice, and the ability to display graphics is really nice,
> but, to me, neither of these is worth losing simple (but powerful)
> text searches.

Isn't it possible to write a Java script that will allow searching of all 
the html pages?

Greg

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