not html help : "links" in ESS help

Martin Maechler maechler at
Thu Dec 18 08:43:31 CET 2003

>>>>> "Rich" == Rich Heiberger <rmh at>
>>>>>     on Wed, 17 Dec 2003 23:59:56 -0500 (EST) writes:


    Rich> Having shown how to get htmlhelp from within ESS, I
    Rich> don't see the need for it.
    Rich> The other issue mentioned by Jonathan Baron <baron at>,
    Rich> links within emacs from one *help[R](something)* buffer to another,
    Rich> can be easily be accomplished within the ESS emacs help buffers.
    >> From within a *help[R](something)* buffer,
    Rich> highlight a word, then
    Rich> C-c C-v C-y <ENTER>
    Rich> The help information of the highlighted word will appear in its own
    Rich> emacs buffer.

yes, or even quite a bit more quickly.
1) When inside the *help[R](something)*,
   the simple "h" (for [h]elp) is equivalent to  C-c C-v
2) The function bound to "h" (or C-c C-v), ess-display-help-on-object,
   tries to smartly *guess* what you want, namely from the word,
   your "point" (~= cursor) is inside.

Just point to that word (i.e. have "point" (~= the cursor) inside it)
and type
    h <RETURN>

Martin Maechler <maechler at>
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ETH (Federal Inst. Technology)	8092 Zurich	SWITZERLAND
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