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).
You only need the Acrobat reader. This reader is freely downloadable from the above Web site and is supported for most common computer systems (PC Windows 95/98/NT2000/XP, MacIntosh, most common Unix workstations). For best results with Netscape, it is recommended that you install the reader as a plug-in rather than a helper application. This is done automatically for the PC installation. Other software may also be used to view PDF files (e.g., ghostview). The Dataplot Reference Manual is a combination of HTML and PDF (Portable Document Format) files. If you do not already have a PDF reader installed, a number of freely available PDF readers are available for download. In addition to the Adobe reader, links to a number of other freely available PDF readers are available at http://pdfreaders.org.
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 (although not the printed copy).
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.
I will no longer be 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 the number of requests that we are now recieving is making it prohibitively expensive for us to send the hard copy version for free. The electronic form included on the CD will be sent instead.
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.
Date created: 6/5/2001
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