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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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How to shoot backwards using the "Shooting Method"?

This is my first time asking a question on here, and I look forward to and appreciate your help. I believe I have a simple question. I am reading the documentation for the "shooting method" ...
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A question related to the usage of LegendLayout -> {"Row", 1}

I saw this piece of code from an answer by @Syed here. ...
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Introductory material on machine learning?

Does Mathematica have a handbook or other introductory material on machine learning? Or are there any books on analyzing machine learning with Mathematica?
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How are variables uv initialized?

I am reading through the documentation for FEM programming, in particular the section for transient coupled PDEs, here. I do not understand how the variable uv is ...
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Understanding preconditioner for DAE "GMRES" method

I am not sure this question is on topic, but I give it a try. I am reading through the documentation for IDA here, in particular the section for "GMRES" almost at the end of the page. It ...
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Extracting Format of Tutorial Notebook

I noticed that the documentation contains some beautifully formatted notebooks which I would like to use for my file. However, simply copying the cells does not work. So how can I get the formats of ...
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How to get link for local documentation

If one evaluates ?GoochShading, the output is some info about the function as well as links to its documentation: One can click the circled i or the Local » link ...
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Resolve absolute path to Documentation Notebook

We can easily create clickable hyperlinks for Documentation pages like the following: {URL["paclet:ref/Set"], Hyperlink["paclet:ref/Set"]} But ...
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How to build a custom documentation page without creating a paclet or using Wolfram Workbench?

One of the new features about Wolfram Mathematica 13 that I am very excited about is the ability to create custom documentation. I want to start documentation for the following areas: my own custom ...
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Favoriting/bookmarking some documentation pages for quick access

Owing to the sheer size, it becomes quite hard to find an example code/explanation that one may have stumbled upon before, following hours of search through the depths of the documentation pages. Is ...
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Mathematica 13 doesn't show local documentation,

My Mathematica 13 doesn't show local documentation, it includes just Web documentation. (Windows 11) But Mathematica 12.3 gives. How to enable local documentation to Mathematica 13? edit (by Nasser) ...
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question on documentation convention for heat PDE used by Finite Elements methods in Mathematica

Why FEM documentation says heat PDE is second order in time? This makes it looking same as the wave PDE. Is this meant to be that $m=0$ for the heat pde? But this looks confusing. Could this be just ...
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Using the obsolete structural mechanics package

I wanted to use the obsolete structural mechanics package which its documentation still exists here but I could not load it from the default packages of Mathematica nor do I found the installation ...
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How to study Mathematica as a newbie?

I am a somehow experienced programmer in MATLAB and Python. I was wondering if anyone can help me with instructions and useful resources to learn Mathematica as fast as I can. What are the best ...
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Difference between /; and Piecewise[]

I was wondering if anyone can explain the difference between the /; operator and Piecewise []. In what situation one should ...
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How to point to a specific location in a notebook?

I am writing a very long code and I need to refer to some line of codes in comments to clarify the definitions. Is there any way that I can refer to a line in a Notebook or create a hyperlink to take ...
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How to find a list of related functions as mentioned in the documentation center?

How can I list functions related to a specific function in a notebook without opening the documentation center? Sometimes I think I have the right function and have trouble remembering similar ...
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How to find all tutorials for Mathematica? [duplicate]

Where can I find a central location to easily access all of Mathematica's tutorials and monographs on subjects such as (this is a very small sample and not representative of the many topics out there) ...
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How to customize the startup page for Mathematica

I am wondering if there is a way to customize the startup page for Mathematica: . I am aware that if this is possible it will involve modifying the program files for Mathematica in the back end. Where ...
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How to Learn as much about Mathematica as possible efficiently with the Documentation Center and books?

I have been using Mathematica for almost a year now and I am still learning about functions that make me kick myself for not knowing earlier. For example, I wish I had known about the functions ...
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How to manually input a row above the top row in a matrix?

Assuming you already have a 3x3 matrix but now you want to manually input a row above the top row. How can I do that? Pressing Ctrl + Enter only enter a row below ...
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Definition of a ResourceFunction

There is a feature called ResourceFunction in Mathematica. For example you can color a string with rainbow style. https://resources.wolframcloud.com/...
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New offset Dashing argument in 12.3

Bug introduced in 12.3 and fixed in 13.0 After finding out that in 12.3 two new optional arguments have been added to Dashing, I decided to have a look at them. ...
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Searching the docs for commands that use a particular option

Concrete example: Pressing F1 on ListPlot brings up the documentation page. As an example, Exclusions is not an option for this command. Going to Exclusions page ...
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Link to Mathematica Help in a text cell [duplicate]

In a text cell e.g. The Mathematica built-in command to use is Solve..... I'd like to insert a link on the word Solve, not to the external URL of Wolfram Documentation Center, but to internal ...
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How to download a categorized pdf version of the latest version of Mathematica's documentation?

In my opinion, it is difficult to find and study subjects in the current documentation of Mathematica (both offline and website) and I prefer to study a PDF version. But unlike MATLAB and Python, ...
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Missing Hover and Autocomplete INFO Buttons for Custom Paclet

I've built my own paclet application with documentation using Workbench 3 (Eclipse add-in 10.1.822) with MM 12.1 (there are currently issues with 12.2-3 and the only Workbench add-in update, which I'm ...
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Workbench application project with documentation in eclipse

I am trying to make a simple workbench application project in Eclipse but I can't seem to figure out how to build the documentation. I have written a package, but when I click build (under ...
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How can I extract Information from a symbol?

I have defined usage statements for a few symbols, e.g., foo::usage="This is how to use foo"; If I type ? foo or ...
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Spherical Harmonics Parity

In Mathematica's documentation, the Spherical Harmonics are said to be defined as follows, for $l \geq 0$: Furthermore, we know that $\cos(x)=\cos(-x)$, hence one can be led to believe that $Y_l^m(-\...
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What is the best way to compare two notebooks?

I have two quite large notebooks with minimal differences. To compare them, I currently put them side by side and compare with my eyes, which feels quite inefficient. What are better ways to do this? ...
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IMO WSTP does not work with the Visual Studio 2019 tools, can you prove otherwise?

Can LINK addtwo.obj addtwotm.obj wstp64i4.lib /OUT:addtwo.exe actually work with Visual Studio 2019 tools, if so how? ...
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Where to place the essential WSTP files in Visual Studio 2019?

I have Visual Studio for C installed in : C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2019\Enterprise\VC From https://reference.wolfram.com/language/tutorial/WSTPDeveloperGuide-Windows.html : "...
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How to know if a built-in expression is a function or not

Following the comments on the answer here I would like to know if there is a way to deduce from the documentation if a built-in expression is a function or simply "a variable that stores ...
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Understanding parameters in the documentation [closed]

In this post is given the following code: ...
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Open Details section in docs made with Workbench

I'm making some package docs with Workbench (10.1.822). The "Details" section is closed by default, which is a shame because I've got some useful info there that would be easy to overlook: ...
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Quick questions about a document example for Components and Data Structures

NDSolve can be broken into several basic steps for advanced usage according to Components and Data Structures. In the documentation, a simple example is given as ...
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White lines in Plot3D and exclusions in documentation

I am aware that this issue has come up before in a number of posts. However, my question is a little different and as far as I can see not answered previously. If I run the following code taken ...
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Confusion about Interpolation [closed]

Assume I have obtained a table of values,{x,y}. Now I want to interpolate them with Interpolatiion. If I write ...
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Error in definition of PeriodicBoundaryCondition?

The documentation for PeriodicBoundaryCondition (https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/PeriodicBoundaryCondition.html) has: Where it says $u ( x_{target} ) = a + b\ u ( f ( x_{target} ) )$, I ...
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Finding year that MMA functions were introduced via programmatic calls in the Wolfram Language [duplicate]

Is there a way to find the year that MMA functions were introduced via programmatic calls in the Wolfram Language? I would like to be able to create and manipulate such a list or dataset.
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Mathematica 12 crashes when I use F1 for documentation

I have been using Wolfram Mathematica for about 3 years and never experienced this before. Out of the blue, today it started behaving like this; anytime I try to look into the documentation of an ...
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Obscure explanation on Adaptive scheme of NIntegrate

I found the documentation of wolfram appears to be written hurriedly since it seems to contain a number of unclear statements, e.g., equation numbers were often missed, texts in codes and those in ...
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What is the difference between form and pattern in the documentation?

In the documentation, I see the term form and the term pattern. For example, see Cases and MatchQ for both usages. What is the ...
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Understanding of Mathematica's document website [closed]

I noticed there are a lot of empty webpage in Mathematica's website. Like this one at: https://mathworld.wolfram.com/AdjointMatrix.html Is it only shown to paid users or it's simply empty? If it's ...
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Branch cut of generalized hypergeometric function (error in Mathematica documentation?)

I am trying to compute the discontinuity around $x=1$ (equivalently, the branch cut) of generalized Hypergeometric functions ${}_{q+1}F_q(a_1,\dots,a_{q+1};b_1,\dots,b_q;x)$. Two formulae are given in ...
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Problem linking to tutorial in Workbench / DocumentationTools

I've picked up Workbench / DocumentationTools again to add some new tutorials. Everything was going fine until I tried to use the "Link to Tutorial" button in DocTools. Didn't work, and I got some ...
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How to obtain earlier look for Virtual book in the latest documentation center?

In V 12.1, on windows, typing tutorial/VirtualBookOverview in the help windows shows this Is it possible to obtain the earlier virtual book look, which is much ...
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how to download Finite ELements tutorial as PDF

For long tutorials, I prefer hard copy. Is it possible to download from somewhere this document https://reference.wolfram.com/language/FEMDocumentation/tutorial/FiniteElementOverview.html as PDF ...
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What is the meaning of "Introduced in ..." and "Updated in ..."?

I am looking at the documentation of a Mathematica function and at the bottom it says Introduced in 1988 (1.0) | Updated in 1996 (3.0). What exactly does this ...
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