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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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Derivative of generating function (Example from documentation)

Bug introduced in 9.0 or earlier and persisting through 11.0.1 or later In the documentation for GeneratingFunction, the following example is given under Examples -...
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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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How symbol lookup actually works

Bug introduced in V6 and fixed in V11.3 The behavior indeed changed but now the documentation is clear about it. This code is inconsistent with the description from Power Programming with ...
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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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Editing the Virtual Book?

It's my understanding that the Virtual Book (of mathematica 9) is in notebook (.nb) format. It appears to be a very polished style of documentation which I want to reuse (parts) of it to create my own ...
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Autoupdate Section Numbers? - Technical Document Authoring with Mathematica

Technical document authoring systems are structured ways to create, manage, and update documentation for various mediums such as print, pdf, web, etc. Take a look at this technical document ported to ...
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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 plans....
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User-defined usage message template; removing repeated text

In Mathematica 9.0.1, I want to write a user-defined template for a function that I wrote: myfunc ...
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Documentation for user-defined functions; undocumented documentation feature? [closed]

I stumbled on some strange behaviour when trying out the new function template and documentation features, now purportedly working in v 9.0.1. I defined a function ...
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Generate a list of all user defined functions including their argument patterns

I have defined a bunch of functions over several different files, and I would like a list of prototypes of all the functions I have defined in my current session (I want the mathematica equivalent of ...
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Is there a way to make the “Details” section of the Documentation expanded 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 not ...
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FindSelectedFunction for packages - how to make it work?

Fixed in 10.0. Works correctly since Mathematica 10.0. The Mathematica help menu contains an entry Find Selected Function (Cmd+Shift+F on OSX). If you are working with say ...
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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 following....
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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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LibraryLink Documentation

Bug fixed in version 10.0.0 The documentation for LibraryLink has the following example ...
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Trouble with links to symbol pages generated by Wolfram Workbench

I am having some troubles with documentation generated by wolfram workbench. When i try to open symbol page created with workbench by pressing F1 I get a search page instead of my symbol page. When I ...
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What do brackets around a levelspec option do?

The following code returns the first three integer elements of Sqrt[Range[100]]: ...
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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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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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“Go back” and “Go forward” in help? [duplicate]

This is a duplicate question with Gestures for forward/backward in help browser (particularly on a Mac). Please close this question. In IE, we can "go back" by Alt+←, and "go forward" by Alt+→. This ...
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When is the output of examples in function documentation rasterized?

Upon building documentation in Workbench, Workbench sometimes converts the output of examples on function pages into rasterized images, and sometimes not. Does anybody know what controls this behavior?...
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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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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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Transform fancy usage messages in 1D string

When we look at the usage messages of built-in functions nowadays (not in the good old times, when they were a simple descriptions) we see that although they look pretty in the front end, it is really ...
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How can I get Mathematica to recognize the documentation for a newly installed package?

To install a new package on one's machine, one first downloads and unpacks the package into the $BaseDirectory/Applications directory. The tutorial Installing ...
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Where to find a summary for Q functions? [duplicate]

Is there a summary for all Function like NumberQ, LetterQ and so forth? data=123; IntegerQ[data] True
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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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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 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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How to use the Find and Replace Dialog Window?

The Find edit box in the Find and Replace Dialog Window shows a default word while opening. How do I tell it to show the word in which the mouse cursor is located in the Notebook, rather than the last ...
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Associating symbol pages with symbols (Workbench)

Normally when you have symbol Abc, WorkBench creates a symbol page named Abc. Then when you make a build, type Abc and then press the F1 key, you are sent to the Abc symbol page. Suppose however ...
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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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Write-protect documentation for self-written Add-on package

My package works fine so far, and now I want to add some documentation. I have put a file in ...
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What are \[InvisiblePrefixScriptBase] and \[InvisiblePostfixScriptBase]?

In the non-printing characters documentation, I see two named characters that are largely undocumented: \[InvisiblePrefixScriptBase] and ...
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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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Appearance in Checkbox does not work

Bug introduced in 8 and persisting through 11.2.0 I'm experiencing strange behavior in Checkbox with Appearance: ...
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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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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 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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How can I access documentation from the Workbench?

In Mathematica there is a hot key for searching words (that your cursor is within or adjacent to) in the documentation center, is there a way to do this from the Workbench instead of having to first ...
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DateList not using current year when a year is not specified

Bug introduced in 8.0 and fixed in 9.0 According to the documentation when using DateList but not giving it a year it should use the current year. It is not doing ...
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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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Print documentation (or front end) with all Openers open?

From the online reference: http://reference.wolfram.com/mathematica/ref/Opener.html a JS function javascript:open_ES() is invoked to open all Openers within a section. Note (1) this feature is ...
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How to display cell groups in documentation pages

I recently introduced my WildCats package in the Meta Thread What third-party packages do you use? and @Szabolcs promptly observed that: "I noticed that there are many cell groups in the documentation ...
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Building documentation with interactive examples in Wolfram Mathematica

There are interactive examples in the documentation in Wolfram Mathematica. Thus to compile them we just need Shift+Enter. I want to develop such examples for functions from my own package, how can I ...
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What does the slash-colon symbol do?

I came across a bit of code that uses the syntax /: and I don't know what it does. I can't find its documentation, or maybe I'm just not looking properly. The code ...
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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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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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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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