Re: [Rd] HTML vignette browser

From: Seth Falcon <>
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2007 10:03:41 -0700

Friedrich Leisch <> writes:
> Looks good to me, and certainly something worth being added to R.
> 2 quick (related) comments:
> 1) I am not sure if we want to include links to the Latex-Sources by
> default, those might confuse unsuspecting novices a lot. Perhaps
> make those optional using an argument to browseVignettes(), which
> is FALSE by default?

I agree that the Rnw could confuse folks. But I'm not sure it needs to be hidden or turned off by default... If the .R file was also included then it would be less confusing I suspect as the curious could deduce what Rnw is about by triangulation.

> 2) Instead links to .Rnw files we may want to include links to the R
> code -> should we R CMD INSTALL a tangled version of each vignette
> such that we can link to it? Of course it is redundant information
> given the .Rnw, but we also have the help pages in several formats
> ready.

Including, by default, links to the tangled .R code seems like a really nice idea. I think a lot of users who find vignettes don't realize that all of the code used to generate the entire document is available to them -- I just had a question from someone who wanted to know how to make a plot that appeared in a vignette, for example.

+ seth

Seth Falcon | Computational Biology | Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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