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Help in Maple.

Th on-line help in Maple is extensive, but it is not always easy to find what you are looking for. The syntax for invoking help is

  > ?topic,subtopic


  > ?help topic[subtopic]

where topic is a keyword like index or procedure or a command like plot and subtopic is an (optional) keyword like library or expressions. For example, to learn about all the options to the plot command type the following.

  > ?plot[options]

If you don't know the name of the command you are looking for, then try the Help Browser item in the Help menu. This will pop up an interactive index to Maple's on-line help. See the next section for a description of how to use the Help Browser.

Note that help commands need not be terminated by a semicolon. Also, the response to a help command pops up a separate window. As for the plot command, each additional help command pops up another window. It is fine to keep help windows around if you want to refer to them, but you should close them when you are done.

There is also a set of 14 on-line Maple tutorials. To learn how to access them use the command

  > ?tutorial

The X interface to Maple can be customized extensively, allowing you to set colors, font sizes, etc. A few customizations can be done via the Options menu. However, to do more extensive customization, you will need to set the values of Maple's X resources. See Professor Farr for help with this.

William W. Farr
Mon Aug 28 09:31:56 EDT 1995