[IPython-dev] Enhanced IPython Help

Steven H. Rogers steve@shrogers....
Fri Nov 16 20:39:30 CST 2007


During the IPython sprint last Spring, a couple of us looked at 
interactively searching the documentation for all available modules, but 
this project has languished other than some ideas on the `wiki 
<http://ipython.scipy.org/moin/Developer_Zone/SearchDocs>`_.  I'm ready 
to devote more time to this now.  I've submitted a paper proposal on it 
for PyCon 2008, and if it's accepted, I'll need to get something working 
or I'll be terribly embarrassed.  

Unless someone has a better idea, I'm planning to extend "?" such that 
if the search string isn't found in the local namespace, modules in 
PYTHONPATH are searched for a match.  I'm looking at `pyndexter 
<http://swapoff.org/pyndexter>`_ for indexing and searching.  Any ideas 
welcome.  Should work from the IPython or IPython1 svn repositories?

# Steve


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