[OS X TeX] MacTeX and LaTeX package documentation

André Bellaïche abellaic at math.jussieu.fr
Sun Oct 15 12:20:35 CEST 2006

I must confess that until I read this:

>> Well, yes, I tried that, but I must say that:
>> Babel: Multilingual support for LaTeX
>> The author is Johannes Brahms
>> doesn't look like user documentation to me.
> Sorry, I should have added that, once the TeX Catalogue Online
> relevant page is displayed, you have to click the symbol
> representing a pdf file to get the documentation.

I used to behave as stupidly as Rowland McDonnell. I thought the pdf  
icon meant: "You can get a pdf by searching in CTAN", and I didn't  
bother to try to understand the other icons. The idea that I could  
click on them did not occur to me. So I used the word menu on top on  
the page, clicking on "search"

As a 20-year Mac user, I can add that seeing a small drawing does not  
mean for me that I can or I have to click on it. The context must say  
in some way that clicking is available, and may be the right thing to  
do (look at the top of your MacOS Mail window). And even when I know  
that the small drawing is an icon, I cannot always easily guess what  
it means. This one of the reasons I am more at ease with TeX than  
with Microsoft Word.

André Bellaïche

P.S. Before clicking on them, now I know this is possible, I can  
guess the meaning of 3 icons, on the 8 displayed on the Texdoc/CTAN  
page. Maybe 5, if icons number 3 and 4 both mean package.

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