The Dataplot Reference Manual is a combination of HTML and PDF
(Portable Document Format) files. Your browser needs to be able
to launch the
Adobe Acrobat reader (or some other plug-in that is able
to view PDF files).
New Commands Documented in the NEWS File
New commands are documneted in the online NEWS
file. Most of these new commands have been incorporated into
the online Reference Manual. There is sometimes a lag before new
commands are incorporated into the online Reference Manual, so it
is worthwhile checking out the NEWS entry from the main Dataplot web
Additional Printed Documentation
The Reference Manual is intended to be a reference manual,
not a a tutorial. We still provide some of the earlier
printed documentation since it is more tutorial in nature
than is the Reference Manual. The following documentation
Although this documentation is old and does not include a lot of useful enhancements, it still provides a good introduction to the command line version.
In addition, many of the entries on the Dataplot web page provide a more tutorial introduction to Dataplot. In particular, the printed tutorial documentation does not describe the usage of the graphical interface (GUI) version. Check the GUI Mode entry for help in getting started with the GUI.
NOTE: We have published a CD containing the NIST/SEMATCH e-Handbook of Statistical Methods, the Dataplot software, and a copy of the Dataplot web pages (including this Reference Manual). See http://www.itl.nist.gov/div898/handbook/toolaids/cd.htm for details and availability.
You can access a copy of the Dataplot web pages (which includes the Reference Manual) for local installation from anonymous ftp:
password> your e-mail address
Our anonymous ftp site performs an "nslookup" command in order to identify the requesting site. The nslookup command is used to query internet domain name servers. If our ftp site rejects you, it is likely due to the failure of this nslookup query to resolve your internet name/address. If this happens, I cannot really provide any assistance. My only suggestion would be to talk to your local system administrators to see if there is some reason why your machine is not resolved by nslookup.
We are no longer sending hard copy versions of the Reference Manual. We are not allowed to charge for the documentation (the US Government has pretty strict rules about who is allowed to collect money) and it is prohibitively expensive for us to send the hard copy version for free. However, the documentation is freely viewable on the web.
Dataplot Reference Manual
The Dataplot HELP command provides on-line documentation
from within a Dataplot session. Extensive off-line
documentation is available in the Dataplot Reference Manual
The online documentation is available by clicking on the
cover page of the documentation volume you are interested in:
If you need to provide a citation for Dataplot, you can
use one of the following.
NIST is an agency of the U.S.
Date created: 6/5/2001
NIST is an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department.
Date created: 6/5/2001