[Rd] correct Rd markup for \value{}

From: Gavin Simpson <gavin.simpson_at_ucl.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 03 Aug 2007 14:28:56 +0100

Dear DevelopeRs

Several functions in a package of mine have complex returned objects that are lists within the returned list. I wish to document each of the components of these sublists.

If I do this within a \value{} section and nest \item within an existing \item, I get indented R-help sections in the standard help view (eg as shown by ?foo in Linux), but not in the PDF.

For example:

\item{model}{a list containing the model or non-bootstrapped

    estimates for the training set. With the following components:

      \item{\code{estimated}}{estimated values for \code{"y"}, the


If I add an \itemize (for example:

\item{model}{a list containing the model or non-bootstrapped

    estimates for the training set. With the following components:     % added \itemize

      \item{\code{estimated}}{estimated values for \code{"y"}, the


) then these are indented in both the ?foo help and the pdf.

But this has several niggles;:

  1. that the indented \item labels are not left aligned as the top level \items are,
  2. as shown above, I have to manually wrap the labels in \code{ } to have them show in typewriter font in the pdf pages (but then these appear underlined and wrapped in ' ' in the standard view in the terminal), and
  3. that in the standard help viewer in the terminal, I don't get the ":" after the sub item labels.

I suspect I'm missing something or trying to do something that is not possible without the niggles. I'd appreciate suggestions as to where I'm going wrong, what documentation I missed or suggestions based on the experience of others.

Thanks in advance,


> version

platform       i686-pc-linux-gnu
arch           i686
os             linux-gnu
system         i686, linux-gnu
status         Patched
major          2
minor          5.1
year           2007
month          07
day            05
svn rev        42131
language       R

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