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Bug introduced in 10.0 and persisting through 10.2 or later


I am trying to understand the new templating in version 10. While there is a general documentation page with links to docs for each new function, so far I am unable to find any report generation worked examples of what a user may do after they open File > New > Template Notebook. Additionally when I press the help button on the template notebook it seems there is documentation missing:

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When you type "ReportGeneration" in the docs this is what you get:

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Templates were first introduced in the Finance Platform -- which is essentially a version of Mathematica with a few other functions. Rather than have report generation functions without any coherent description of how a user can start from scratch and make a template and an automated report, the Finance Platform has a wealth of material, including a tour:

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...detailed extensive documentation:

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...a specific palette that contains links to the tour, the extensive documentation and a video:

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All of this stuff is missing from my OS X version 10. Is it present in Windows?

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    $\begingroup$ fyi, there seems to be other missing documentations not added, even though it shows there. Here is a post on community on a missing command even though the item shows up on help, clicking on it shows it is missing community.wolfram.com/groups/-/m/t/293654?p_p_auth=QvP6n2NJ it is MaterialData[] in this page guide/PhysicsAndChemistryDataAndComputation $\endgroup$
    – Nasser
    Jul 14, 2014 at 3:24
  • $\begingroup$ @Nasser MaterialData was something I looked at the other day and got a weird $Aborted as an argument. $\endgroup$ Jul 14, 2014 at 3:26
  • $\begingroup$ @Mike Honeychurch There is "Generate a Notebook from a Template" link and on System/ExampleData/BasicTemplate.nb is a working example. $\endgroup$
    – user9660
    Jul 14, 2014 at 4:33
  • $\begingroup$ @Lou that short example generates the notebook from the template. My question is about creating templates. $\endgroup$ Jul 14, 2014 at 4:35
  • $\begingroup$ In 10.0.1 at least the help button works. I haven't found the tour yet. $\endgroup$ Sep 17, 2014 at 13:50

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Confirmed bug by WRI tech support

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  • $\begingroup$ Glat to hear it's coming $\endgroup$
    – Rojo
    Aug 5, 2014 at 5:37
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John Fultz gave a great talk about the templating system at the European Wolfram Technology Conference in 2014 - http://www.wolfram.com/events/technology-conference-eu/2014/presentations/Fultz_ReportGeneration.nb

As requested, here's a video of John doing madlibs http://www.wolfram.com/broadcast/video.php?sx=Report%20Generation&v=1096

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  • $\begingroup$ That's useful. Is there any screen cast maybe? $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Mar 4, 2015 at 22:10
  • $\begingroup$ @Kuba updated for you $\endgroup$ Mar 5, 2015 at 10:34
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks! It's a shame it is not directly linked to docs for GenerateDocument etc. $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Mar 5, 2015 at 10:35
  • $\begingroup$ I don't work directly for WRI anymore, but I'll suggest links to broadcast and conf talks. There are many ideas for the documentation that are exciting/"neat"... $\endgroup$ Mar 5, 2015 at 10:40
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Maybe they renamed it. You should search the help for "AutomatedReports" this will bring you to guide/AutomatedReports. Or on the web: AutomatedReports.
Some small examples and more details are presented at Automated Report Generation and the links therein.

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  • $\begingroup$ Sorry but that doesn't address the question. There is heaps of stuff that is simply missing $\endgroup$ Jul 23, 2014 at 4:19
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    $\begingroup$ @MikeHoneychurch your recent edits show that there is a bigger issue. However, you should contact WRI to address this and to find out if it isn't an intentional deficit of Mathematica compared to their Finance Platform. $\endgroup$
    – Karsten7
    Jul 23, 2014 at 6:45

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