Re: [Rd] why is \alias{anRpackage} not mandatory?

From: hadley wickham <>
Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2008 09:17:53 -0500

> This shows up in the HTML help system. It would be better if it showed up
> in all help formats, but there are other ways to do that, e.g. creating an
> Rd help page pointing to those files.

Or you can just link to them from your website.

I don't think you'd argue with the statement that there's already too many different ways to find R documentation. There are plenty of hacks and work-arounds to jam different types of documentation in different places, but they are just hacks and work-arounds. My feeling is that evolutionary modification of the documentation system is only going to get us so far, and at some point the entire foundations need to be rethought.

Of course, the problem is having enough time to do that, and then to code up the solution!



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