Re: [R] R web site-Useability & finding varous bits of documentation

From: Charles C. Berry <cberry_at_tajo.ucsd.edu>
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2008 09:47:25 -0700

On Thu, 19 Jun 2008, Charles C. Berry wrote:

> On Thu, 19 Jun 2008, John Kane wrote:
>
>> I was starting to write a note to a prospective R-user and came to the
>> point of explaining how to get useful introductory information on R.
>>
>> After mentioning the Into and the FAQs I went on to try to explain how to
>> use a lot of the contributed information.
>>
>> However I realised that there seems to be no direct way to get to Other
>> Publications or Contributed Documenation.
>>
>> The best I have seen is to get to Books and then click on "other
>> publications" which take one to "Publications related to R" or go to
>> "other" (main page) and then click on "Contributed Documentation"
>> which takes one to "Contributed Documentation" This seems less than
>> optimal.
>>
>> Am I missing some more direct ways to get to "Publications related to R"
>> and "Contributed Documentation"? I remember blundering around the site
>> for some time (days in elapsed time?) before I managed to find these
>> documents.
>
> Look at the page source for
>
> http://www.r-project.org/navbar.html
>
> or
>
> http://cran.r-project.org/navbar.html
>
> and you will see the href URLs.
>
> Or if you use Firefox, right click on the link, select 'copy link location',
> and paste the result into your explanation or paste it into your location
> window and then bookmark it.

Better still, use an R-centric solution:

> cran.url <- "http://cran.r-project.org/"
> cran.navbar <- readLines( url( paste( cran.url, "navbar.html" , sep="" ) ) )
> contrib.link <- sub(".*href=\"([^\"]+)\".*", "\\1", grep("Contributed",cran.navbar,value=TRUE) )
> contrib.url <- paste( cran.url, contrib.link , sep="" )
> contrib.url

[1] "http://cran.us.r-project.org/other-docs.html"
> contrib.source <- readLines( url( contrib.url ) )

and so on.

:-)

Chuck

>
> HTH,
>
> Chuck
>
>
>
>
>>
>> If I am not we may be losing a lot of potential users who just cannot
>> find basic documentation. The Intro and the FAQs are invaluable but not
>> exactly the best way for a complete noivice to get started.
>>
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Charles C. Berry                            (858) 534-2098
                                             Dept of Family/Preventive Medicine
E mailto:cberry_at_tajo.ucsd.edu	            UC San Diego
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