Re: R-alpha: [ Online_help system]

Anthony Rossini (
Fri, 22 Nov 1996 09:15:55 -0500

Date: Fri, 22 Nov 1996 09:15:55 -0500
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From: Anthony Rossini <>
Subject: Re: R-alpha: [ Online_help system]
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>>>>> "Paul" == Jackie Ellis <> writes:

    Paul> because it works well on non-Unix systems. The main
    Paul> short-coming is support for mathematical symbols, but I
    Paul> believe that is fixed by HTML3. Are there good reasons for
    Paul> not moving to an exclusively HTML help system?

The final version of the next HTML specification (HTML 3.2, "Wilbur",
or the next one, "Cougar") will not contain a means for displaying
math.  That still requires inlined figures (latex2html) or inlined
documents (such as IDVI or Webview(?) from the Geometry Center at U
Minn.).  I believe the mechanisms and syntax are still under
discussion.  The old specification, HTML 3.0, died an unfortunate
death (unfortunate only because it _did_ specify how to handle math). 

So while HTML is good for specifications, it won't allow for any
proper solution for displaying equations in the near future (6 months
-- 2 years).

-tony (Anthony Rossini)		Asst. Prof and General Nuisance
Department of Statistics
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208              803-777-3578(O) ..7-4048 (fax)
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