[PD] help files was: Re: call for testing on the nightly builds!

Enrique Erne enrique at netpd.org
Sat May 17 17:50:32 CEST 2008

Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:
> There is much that can and should be done.  Here's some ideas ranked 
> into of difficulty:
> - file a bug report when a help patch is not working
> - write and improve help patches, and submit them to the patch tracker

is there a convention about how to make it work? i.e. should one use 
declare, import or namespace prefix?

i guess all help-files that are not loaded on default would need a 
declare/import/or-namespace in order to work...

i want to contribute and help to make "all"/more helpfiles work. i know 
there is pddp but afaik it does not solve the 
declare/import/or-namespace problem.

could all developers express their opinion and agree on how to make all 
helpfiles work? :)

i'm not a developer but i would vote for declare
i.e. [declare -stdlib mrpeach] to packOSC-help.pd
then it would work with pd vanilla too.

> - add a search pane to the help panel

is this done in tcl/tk? is there any documentation about that on 

> - help design and code a library format that bundles objectclasses, 
> helpfiles, manuals, examples, etc then write code to index it all, and 
> create a GUI to navigate that content
> At this point, I think it is mostly a waste of time to do constant 
> little workarounds like moving around objects.  We should be putting our 
> scarce resources towards real improvements, not temporary fixes, IMHO.
> .hc

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