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Re: Woctave-another gui front end

From: Carnë Draug
Subject: Re: Woctave-another gui front end
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2012 13:56:21 +0000

On 20 December 2012 13:37,  <address@hidden> wrote:
> Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2012 08:36:27 -0500
> From: Nicholas Jankowski <address@hidden>
> To: Octave users list <address@hidden>
> Many systems will have the entry prompt or MOTD say 'type help for a list
> of basic commands'.  From there, a list appears and the user can use those
> visual cues to start fumbling around. A GUI takes advantage of a modern
> user's built in tendency to 'click around' for what looks right. It takes
> advantage of the parallel processing nature of visual learning, with a
> minimum of prior knowledge required. In Octave, if you intuitively type
> HELP, you are informed that you can get help with individual commands by
> typing 'help NAME'.  but what if I don't know the name? I might find it in
> a GUI list of commands, or list of help topics, but now I just have the
> blinking cursor.
> help integrate -->  'integrate not found'.
> help quad --> Numerically evaluate the integral...
> how would a user intuitively know the name of one numerical integration
> function is quad... he wouldn't.

You can use lookfor. Terribly useful and still, almost no one knows
about it. Try `lookfor integral` or see


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