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Why are Notebook docs different from CLI docs? What is Namespace "Interactive"?

asked 2010-09-09 17:07:04 -0600

ccanonc gravatar image

updated 2011-04-28 09:04:27 -0600

Kelvin Li gravatar image

The sage terminal returns the following, but the notebook interface omits the "Base Class", "String Form", "Namespace", and "Length":


sage: NaN?
Type: Expression
Base Class: type 'sage.symbolic.expression.Expression'
String Form: NaN
Namespace: Interactive
Length: 0
File: /SAGE_DIR/local/lib/python2.6/site-packages/sage/categories/commutative_rings.py
Definition: NaN(self, *args, **kwds)
Docstring:
        x.__init__(...) initializes x; see x.__class__.__doc__ for signature


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answered 2010-09-09 19:03:42 -0600

The notebook docs are different from the CLI docs because they're prepared differently. The command-line docs are prepared using code from the file devel/sage/sage/misc/sagedoc.py, which is then fed into ipython, and I think ipython adds the extra fields "Base Class", etc. The notebook docs are prepared using similar code, plus code from the notebook: see local/lib/python/site-packages/sagenb-.../sagenb/misc/support.py. This takes care of the nice formatting, the color, etc. It doesn't use ipython, though, so those fields are missing.

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It would be nice if they were consistent as far as content. The ipython evaluation is more informative.

ccanonc gravatar imageccanonc ( 2010-09-10 05:32:11 -0600 )edit

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