Re: Eclipse for doc releases?

Subject: Re: Eclipse for doc releases?
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2009 09:34:10 -0700

If you mean using Eclipse to deliver online help for a non-Eclipse
application, that's not right tool for the job.

You could set up a minimal Eclipse RCP runtime to do nothing but
display your help plug-ins, but the package would be maybe 80-100MB,
and the first time help was invoked there would be an unacceptably
long load time.

This has come up repeatedly on eclipse_tw, you might search the
archive for other opinions:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eclipse_tw/messages

You should also check out the eclipse.platform.ua (User Assistance) newsgroup.

On Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 8:20 AM, Crimmin, Peter<Peter -dot- Crimmin -at- nuance -dot- com> wrote:
>
> Does anyone on the list use Eclipse to deliver documentation?
>
> I'm not asking about documenting an Eclipse plug-in. I want to learn
> about using Eclipse solely to provide documentation. I haven't (yet)
> found a description of how this is done, but I assume it involves:
>
> 1. Packaging an Eclipse JRE for installation on the customer's machine.
> 2. Installing documentation as a plug-in.
>
> Using this approach, I expect to install several plug-ins (from
> different products that I release) into a single documentation system.
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