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If I type

Information[ProductLog]

I see

Information[ProductLog]

If I type

Framed[Information[ProductLog]]

I see

Framed[Information[ProductLog]]

This is expected, though not desired, because Information prints its output, rater than returning it. However, I want to get access to the text of the description, or the boxes of the description, or something, to, e.g., put the descriptions of functions in columns or rows. How do I do things like this?

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    $\begingroup$ The output cells are created by CellPrint. You can capture the cell expressions with Block[{CellPrint = Sow}, Reap@Information[ProductLog] ], but I'm not sure that's what you want. $\endgroup$ – Michael E2 Mar 10 at 22:52
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You may use the "PlaintextUsage" or "TypesetUsage"property of WolframLanguageData.

WolframLanguageData["ProductLog", "PlaintextUsage"]

or

WolframLanguageData[ToString@ProductLog, "PlaintextUsage"]

gives

"ProductLog[z] gives the principal solution for w in z\[LongEqual]we^w. ProductLog[k, z] gives the k^th solution."

Note the escapes like "\[LongEqual]" will evaluate to their symbol in strings in Mathematica/Wolfram Language.

For typeset lines then

WolframLanguageData["ProductLog", "TypesetUsage"][[1, 1]]

Mathematica graphics

Hope this helps.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks! This is exactly what I was looking for. $\endgroup$ – Jason Gross Mar 11 at 0:30
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A simpler method to get the usage messages for further manipulation is to use MessageName[symbol, "usage"]:

MessageName[ProductLog, "usage"]

which already yields a typeset version, similar to what is produced by Information[].

And of course, Attributes[symbol] will return symbol's associated attributes.

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