Questions about making your own documentation similar to the built-in documentation style. Also about finding things in the documentation, working with the documentation, errors in the documentation, missing documentation, Context used in the documentation etc.

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Incompatible Changes since Mathematica Version 7?

There is documentation of the incompatible changes made to Mathematica with each major release: Incompatible Changes since Mathematica Version 1 Unfortunately that documentation simply stopped ...
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What does “levelspec” mean in the documentation? [closed]

The following code returns the first three integer elements of Sqrt[Range[100]]: ...
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Creating cross-version compatible documentation with Workbench

Wolfram Workbench allows you to create documentation for your own packages that is similar to the build-in documentation center. Integrating this type of documentation with the documentation center is ...
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Multiple templates for a single user-defined function

How do I use the ::usage tag to allow the Mathematica v9 front end to know that there are multiple ways to call an overloaded function (a function that can have ...
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Managing formatted usage messages in Wolfram Workbench

We have numerous packages (defined in .m files) that we maintain and develop in WolframWorkbench (2.0), and in those packages, we use the traditional method of ...
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Is there a way to make the “Details” section of the documentation expand by default?

By default, the Mathematica documentation opens with the "Details" section collapsed. This is never what I'm looking for — in fact, I've lost count of the times I've sought help on a feature and ...
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Open and search Documentation-Center

In notebooks you can press F1 (or Shift+F1 for a new window) to: open the help page of the marked Symbol or the Symbol under ...
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How to get a list of available appearance/styles/Methods?

This is a basic question but I haven't found any answer yet :/ Available appearances for Button[] are mentioned in Help, those ...
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Is there a “precedence table” for the canonical Sort ordering?

This answer in which I wrote about the Operator Precedence Table was unexpectedly popular. That got me thinking about similar things, and I am wondering: Does an "ordering table" exist for the ...
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Where is the “Function Navigator” and “Virtual Book” gone?

Under V9 "Help" was a Item each for "Function Navigator" and "Virtual Book" to find and one could work with it. Under V10 these Helpers are gone. Although under Documentation/English/System the ...
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What's the simplest way to plot an ErrorListPlot with only y error bars?

Sometimes I get really tired of Preparing data for making an ErrorListPlot using Thread and friends. Is there a simpler way to plot an ErrorListPlot with only y ...
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Structure of Graphics (esp. those produced by Plot, ListPlot, etc.)

I'm looking for a description of the structure of Graphics objects, aimed at the advanced Mathematica programmer. The motivation for this question is the ...
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Full documentation for AppearanceElements

As explained in this solution, ListAnimate[Table[Plot[Sin[n x], {x, 0, 2}], {n, 3}]]//InputForm will allow me to view the types of appearance element for the ...
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Documentation searches hang frequently: Anyone else dealing with this?

I've been struggling with a number of hangs, dynamic timeouts, and outright crashes when using the search/documentation center in version 9. I've tried uninstalling/reinstalling and clearing ...
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How to write documentation in Wolfram Style?

Rather than craft my own stylesheets for documentation, I'd like to emulate (copy? ape? borrow?) the Wolfram style. Here is a very small example (type this in the help-box, which you get by pressing ...
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Inline documentation of “Properties”

Context I find the documentation has become a bit of a maze, in particular given the more recent convention of having keywords has strings rather than Mathematica Keywords. For instance, ...
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Listing the functions defined in a package

Assume that I know a package's (Context?) name that is loaded. Now I want to list the functions defined in this package. How can I do it? I remember that I found a way once, but I cannot re-find it. ...
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What does “suitable for symbolic manipulation” in the documentation mean?

This question is related to this other one I posted on Stack Overflow some time ago. There, in a beautiful answer, acl (with some unhumble editing done by me) showed that the derivative of ...
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Listable functions thread over Associations; is this documented?

Thanks to a somewhat misapplied use of MapThread I learned of this behavior: ...
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$Path hijacked by PacletManager?

Summary: Since Mathematica version 6, the PacletManager seems to have engineered an escalating hijack of the $Path variable. Add-on packages need to have a ...
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Mouse gestures or keyboard shortcuts for navigating forward/backward in the documentation center

Is there any way to get gestures (e.g. trackpad- or Magic-Mouse-swiping left/right) to work for navigating forward and backward in the Mathematica help browser, particularly on a Mac? If not, what are ...
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Capturing an F1

I teach an Intro to Mathematica course, and one of the things I try to reinforce early on is just how helpful Mathematica's help is. In the very first lab for the course, I even give the students a ...
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Key to get help about current function

I know you can hit F1 to pop up the documentation center, and then type the name of a function and search for it. I'd like to know if there's a key that just pops up the help page of the function ...
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User-defined template; removing repeated text (v 9.0.1)

In Mathematica 9.0.1, I want to write a user-defined template for a function that I wrote: myfunc ...
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Is there a quick way to find a built-in function by name search?

Is there a quick way to search all built-in Mathematica functions by name? Say I want to find all functions whose name contains "Graph", such as GraphPlot, NeighborhoodGraph, Subgraph, and so forth. ...
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How to extract a list of available Method-s

The option Methodapplies for several functions, such as NDSolve, FindRoot, ...
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Most influential and/or disrupting features introduced with new versions of Mathematica

This is something that has been bugging me for ages. With every upgrade, Mathematica has added new functionalities and amended some of its bugs. In the process, though, some older functionality has ...
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Creating documentation for sub-packages in Workbench

I'd like to create proper documentation for a package of mine, and Workbench in principle provides the tools to do this. However, I've split my package into multiple sub-packages (because I found it ...
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How to get complete Documentation Center graph of guide pages?

On the very last image below you can see a typical path of walking through Documentation Center guide pages. What is the best way to get the graph data and visualize the whole structure of these ...
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A documented syntax of FileNames doesn't work?

Documentation discrepancy present through 10.2 According to the documentation for FileNames under Details: However when I attempt to use this syntax I get an ...
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What does the AspectRatio option actually do?

The Documentation for AspectRatio on its first line under the "Details" section states: "AspectRatio determines the scaling for ...
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Default behaviour of Hash[expr] and hashing in different versions of Mathematica

In different versions of Mathematica, Wolfram silently changed the behaviour of Hash when the algorithm is not specified explicitly ...
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func::usage needs to be run twice? [duplicate]

There is an annoying problem that I can't figure out why it's happening. I have defined a usage for a my function tensorA: ...
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How to use Get on a folder

In the documentation for Get it says: If the file found by <<name is a directory, the Wolfram Language will try to ...
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Documentation of the frequently-used functions in the context of Internal` and Compile` [duplicate]

In this site, I have gradually found out that there is a collection of functions in all kinds of answers. For instance, Compile`GetElement, ...
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Problem with Classify Documentation Center page

Bug introduced in 10.0 and fixed in 10.2 Every time I try to open the "Neat Examples" tab on the documentation center page for the function Classify Mma gets ...
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Keywords to find documentation for this syntax

Mathematica allows this syntax, but I cannot find any documentation (or books) that discuss the various uses/advantages of it ...
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How do I efficiently navigate the Documentation Center?

Back in the day, I read the Mathematica Book cover-to-cover, and I found it to be an enlightening experience. I realize that the Documentation Center is now an order of magnitude larger than the ...
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Where can I access documentation for old versions of Mathematica?

Some documentation of functions available in old versions of Mathematica (and old packages) is available online, e.g. http://reference.wolfram.com/language/Combinatorica/ref/Vertices.html Is there ...
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How can I change the default font size of the Virtual Book?

How can I change the default font size of the Virtual Book?
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How to open directly the help/reference window from a notebook

I'm used to do ??symbol when I want the reference for a given symbol, then I click on the >> arrows to open the help window. Would it be possible to ...
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3D Printing in Mathematica Tutorials

Are there thorough tutorials on 3D printing for Mathematica? It seems that being able to export Mathematica files for 3D printing is unfortunately still a novelty, but it's vital for my business ...
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Ways to access lists inside lists

I have gone through some reference material but I am not getting really good links that will help me grow understanding of ...
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ImageAdjust Documentation issues

A recent thread raised several concerns regarding the Documentation page for ImageAdjust. The first issue is related to the first statement under the ...
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Derivative of generating function (Example from documentation)

In the documentation for GeneratingFunction, the following example is given under Examples -> Properties & Relations -> Derivative: ...