[Rd] request to make --enable-prebuilt-html the default build on linux

From: Jonathan Baron <baron_at_psych.upenn.edu>
Date: Sat, 05 Dec 2009 16:36:39 -0500


I don't understand the advantages of generating html help dynamically, but I have found some clear disadvantages.

One is that I can no longer use a bookmark in my browser to access the list of packages and go from there to individual help pages.

The other is that, if I try to use ESS instead (using options(help_type="html") in .Rprofile) - it is a mess. ESS splits the emacs frame (which then must be closed by hand) and opens a new window (or at best a new tab) for every request, requiring these to be closed too.

You could say that this is a problem with ESS, which is true, but, link3"></a><a name="0945qlink3">again, I don't see the down side of having static html help pages. (Maybe there is one. But it certainly isn't disk space: all together these take about as much of that as a couple of digital photos.)

Jon

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Jonathan Baron, Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
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