[PD-dev] pddp style guide

Anton Woldhek woldhek at xs4all.nl
Mon May 2 21:24:36 CEST 2005

Id just like to add to the discussion how I enjoy the supercollider help
system. Ofcourse it taeks full advantage of the fact that sc is text coded
and has a help system that was far easier to implemnt then something similar
would be in pd. However, it might be worht having a look at it. 
For those that havent tried SC yet; its help file means that you can select
any object or code and press help (similar to pd's right click help on
windows) but  the beauty is the structure, if a certain object or line of
code doesn't have a help file you get thrown to the main help file which
directs you to a lot of stuff. Theres tutorials or basic object help etc
etc. Navigating it is very easy. Downside is that it isnt very easy to
search it, the same problem that pd has ofcourse. I like the idea of having
a html server inside pd gui. Im sure it wouldn't be too hard to implemnt a
powerfull search engine in it that way. If wanted stuff like Millers book
could even be included. 

I have been thinking of porting the max & max/msp tutorials to pd. This
materials is pretty good or so max'ers say, an di guess the fact that it is
used as the standard teaching material for max at music technology schools
proves that. However, I think that id run into copyright issues porting it
so perhaps we should consider doing a rewrite.


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