Re: Online help for Linux application?

Subject: Re: Online help for Linux application?
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 09:41:07 -0800

John Cornellier wrote:

Can anyone outline (or point to a web site with) the options for delivering online help for an app running on Linux? My considerations so far:
- HTML is good but a pain to do the nav system in JavaScript unless I restrict the browser
- Is there a PDF viewer for Linux (I hope not!)?
- JavaHelp is an option, but I'm not working on a native Java app, so it would be a lot of overhead (loading the runtime).
- Is there a native Linux system? Preferably with a viable workflow from Frame or HTML.

Most Linux distributions use both man and info formats, and a number of tools for converting text into those formats are available. HTML and DocBook SGML or XML are also growing in popularity.

For PDF, Linux has a number of viewers, including Acroread, xpdf, gv (ghost view) and postscript viewer. There are also command line tools for creating Acrobat files (sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but there you are).

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