For quite a while now, we have made MathWorks product documentation available from the support page on our web site. Though we started with MATLAB documentation initially, we have added documentation for all the rest of our products and have hosted a complete set on the mathworks.com for quite some time now.
As you likely know, within the MathWorks family of products, you can often find more than one way, or even more than one product, to accomplish a particular goal. However, it's been difficult to see the whole landscape of possibilities, including functions, examples, information in the User Guide, etc., for any given topic - until now, that is. I want to show you our more integrated approach for seeking information in this post.
If you go to MathWorks website, you can search in the box in the upper right corner for the term "documention". Here's a snippet of the screen you see next.
Choose the second link, 'Online Documentation for MathWorks Product Family', and you reach a page that looks like this one.
See the prominent green box near the top 'Try the Documentation Center Beta' to see the new way to search for topics in our documentation and you will see a page that looks like this one.
In Release 2011b, the documentation already has many features that allow you to pinpoint relevant information quickly.
- Help topics are organized by categories to supports your tasks
- Categories include function reference pages, examples, and other related content * Consistent access to Getting Started, Troubleshooting, Featured Examples, and reference pages
* Get search suggestions as you type, organized by content type * Refine search results by product, category, and content type * Single-click access to Functions and Blocks in a product * Expand search results to all Support content
Let's see what happens when we search for 'curve fitting' in the Doc Center. Here you see a screen with several different areas of focus.
You can see relevant documentation in MathWorks products in the main, right-hand portion of the window. In addition, the left side contains information clustered in other ways, allowing you to refine the search overall, by the type of information (functions, blocks, etc.), or by product.
We hope you like the presentation of information in the Documentation Center and find it helpful. We have plans for more features for the Documentation Center. Please feel free to post your thoughts here.
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The code snippets are not loading on the latest versions of Google Chrome or Safari.
Should be fixed now. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Is it possible to hide the sidebar so that the help page would look more or less like the old (e.g., http://unix.eng.ua.edu/MathWorks/manuals/techdoc/ref/magic.html)?
Thanks for the feedback, David.
I’m the Product Manager for our online Support pages, and I’ve added your request to the list of possible enhancements for the Documentation Center.
Your ongoing feedback is welcome and encouraged, as the team works to improve the interface in upcoming releases. Thanks again for your thoughts!