[PD] helpfiles

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at eds.org
Sat Jan 6 15:00:31 CET 2007

On Jan 6, 2007, at 1:32 AM, Mathieu Bouchard wrote:

> On Fri, 5 Jan 2007, Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:
>> The PDDP standard for this is to have every object have its own  
>> help file, then have a shared "all_about" patch for the common parts.
> But how much is the PDDP "standard" grounded in actual practice, as  
> opposed to plans of future practice? Then what's the incentive to  
> take it for granted?
> So, tell me, what's doc/pddp/operators-help.pd and doc/pddp/ 
> otherbinops-help.pd and how do they follow the PDDP standard. Then  
> explain to me what's making the PDDP standard a standard.
>> Each object's help patch should have an example that is specific  
>> to that object.  If there aren't different examples, then I don't  
>> see the point of having different objects...
> But what if I come up with the same example, involving the N  
> different objects, in N different help patches. Do I have to copy 
> +paste it all over the place?
> But how about answering the question that was in the mail that you  
> replied to? That is:
>>> How do I specify the name of the helpfile I want to have opened?
>>> I want to do like class_sethelpsymbol() but for abstractions  
>>> instead of externals.

Personally, I think that class_sethelpsymbol() should be deprecated  
and removed, so I wouldn't advocate for the same thing for Pd  
objects.  I think it encourages kludges.


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