Re: JavaHelp Newbie Question

Subject: Re: JavaHelp Newbie Question
From: John Cornellier <tw -at- cornellier -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 11:35:48 +0100

>On an Intranet site, can I just link to the documentation and the HSVIEWER pops up so our customers can see the documentation in JavaHelp?
>Do they need to have the hsviewer installed?

The latter. At least some kind of viewer, whether HSVIEWER or the JRE.

>Any thoughts or workarounds on this would be greatly appreciated....

<thought>Remember that HSVIEWER is not what you actually use to deliver your help. Normally HSVIEWER is just a viewer for testing the help. In the Java app from which the .hs is called, the viewer is contained in the JRE. If
you're using a HAT (help authoring tool) maybe it has a distribution viewer thingy (dvt)?

<thinking out loud for workaround> If your users have the JRE on their workstations, you could use it to display your helpset.

Create a java class to launch the help. Basically you just:
1) import the class libraries for JavaHelp (e.g.
2) set up the application listener (e.g. for a click) with variables
3) open the helpset in a try block

I know that the JRE is an (optional?) part of the instal for some browsers -- presumably you could display the .hs in a browswer by calling the class described above ....?

John Cornellier

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