[R] help uses only netscape?

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Nov 13 16:53:45 CET 2001

On Tue, 13 Nov 2001, Paul Gilbert wrote:

>       Thomas Lumley wrote:
> >The difficulty is that R needs to be able to tell the browser to load
> >a new page (rather than starting a new instance with that new page)
> Why does R not start a new instance? Then one could more easily look at the help
> for two things at the same time.

Modern browsers have a 25Mb or more footprint.  You really don't want too
many of those in memory at once.  Starting a new window is more reasonable
(and could be made an option, I think, for some browsers).

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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