RE: WebWorks question: WebWorks Help vs. JavaHelp

Subject: RE: WebWorks question: WebWorks Help vs. JavaHelp
From: Shelly_Butcher <ShellyB -at- orsus -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001 17:47:26 +0200

Hi Bill,

Thanks very much for the info.
WebWorks Help is beginning to look like the better option.


Shelly Butcher - Technical Writer
shelly -at- orsus -dot- com
Orsus Solutions

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Burns [mailto:bburns -at- scriptorium -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2001 5:30 PM
Subject: Re: WebWorks question: WebWorks Help vs. JavaHelp

Hi, Shelly.

>The help will be based on
>FrameMaker files which I convert to HTML using WebWorks 6.05.
>Preferably, the help should meet the following criteria:
>-- Have search capabilities
>-- Have an index
>-- Have a table of contents
>-- Preferably compile into one executable file
>I've experimented with WebWorks Help and Java Help. So far, the Java Help
>has not compiled properly (apparently I'm missing the jhindexer, which I
>can't for the life of me find). WebWorks Help compiles into a cab and jar
>file, which do nothing when I double-click them (they're supposed to
>the help).

Actually, the CAB and JAR files contain the Java applets that provide the
TOC, index, and search capabilities. The help isn't compiled into them by
any means. To launch the help system, you need to double-click on
wwhelp.htm. As far as I know, JavaHelp isn't compiled either. The only help
formats I know of (that are publicly available) are WinHelp and HTML Help,
and neither will work on Unix. You might consider developing separate
output for each (HTML Help for Win32, and WWHelp for Unix).

>Any opinions as to which WebWorks template is better, Java Help or WebWorks

I prefer WebWorks Help to JavaHelp. JavaHelp is slower (though neither is
particularly speedy to load), and it has some display quirks that make it
frustrating to work with.

Bill Burns, Senior Technical Consultant, Scriptorium Publishing
FrameMaker ACE, WebWorks Publisher Certified Trainer
bburns -at- scriptorium -dot- com - 208-484-4459

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