[IPython-dev] DreamPie - a new graphical Python shell
Sun Feb 21 15:38:03 CST 2010
Noam Yorav-Raphael wrote:
>>> * '?' and '??'. I guess that in a graphical environment it's best if
>>> the help appears in a new window.
>> not really -- there is a real efficiency to being able whip stuff out at
>> the command line. It might be nice to have the help show up in a new
>> window, but don't make me pick up the mouse to get it. typing ? is
>> really easy.
> Indeed. I thought of something like an extended tooltip. There's
> currently a tooltip showing function arguments, and I guess it can be
> extended to show more documentation.
Actually, while I find the ? *very* convenient and helpful, there is one
behavior about it that often irks me. It uses a "more"-like viewer for
the text, but the text *goes away* when I hit 'q'. Many times I want to
keep the docstring visible while I proceed to enter a command. I then
have to resort to something like "print foo.__doc__". (Or have I missed
a key that exits the docstring view but leaves the text visible?)
Having the docstring in a window would be much nicer in this case.
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