[ESS] Feature Idea: open help in browser when viewing it in an emacs buffer

Vitalie Spinu spinuvit.list at gmail.com
Tue Nov 1 15:29:49 CET 2011

> In modern emacsen that link to libxml, you could use shr.el
> (which comes with Gnus).  It seems reasonably quick and doesn't
> require forking an external process.

Thanks, looks interesting indeed, but could not find anything about
libxml in emacs except this
, it's pretty new stuff.

Must admit I was quite confused about the "new" dynamic help system in
R. It's really not that html help supports dynamic substitution of R
code, and text help doesn't
Correct me if I am wrong, but it seems that there is close to nothing
of that html help can do and text help cannot.

Some things what are missing:
1) open current help page in external browser
2) quickly jump to index of a package of choice.
3) open links in internal/external browser
4) ???

Solutions for 1 and 2 were proposed in previous posts, 3 is a
straightforward emacs configuration

So what else is needed to completely defeat html help?


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