Re: More Cross-Platform Issues

Subject: Re: More Cross-Platform Issues
From: Steve Evanina <Steve -dot- Evanina -at- SCIATL -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 10 Oct 1995 08:48:00 -0500

I was successful in recompiling Robohelp RTF files with Hyperhelp. I
had context sensitive help (shift F1 support) for all fields on the
page. These links were accommodated with the alises table that
Robohelp automatically generates. (The programmer knows the name for
each field. This field name is passed to the help engine which
performs a lookup and display.) The only caution is that screen
resolution created a problem, i.e., I created the original document in
640x480 and the HP workstation used 1280x1024 (or larger).
Consequently, the point size of the font was too small. Also, I had
trouble controlling the background color of the daughter windows. It
seemed to be related to the .profile file that defined the workstation
setup (colors).

steve -dot- evanina -at- SciAtl -dot- com

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Author: jalciere -at- LTNPO1 -dot- XYPLEX -dot- COM at PMDF Date: 10/9/95 10:42 AM

In addition to being able to read Help text that's been ported to a
UNIX platform, I'd be interested to know of any products that enable
UNIX developers to create context-specific links to a Help file.
Simply having access to an online version of the User's Guide isn't
always enough. To be truly user-friendly, a UNIX-based application
should enable a user to press a function key or enter a key sequence
to bring up Help text that specifically pertains to the current

Help files created with Doc-to-Help and RoboHelp provide Windows
developers with this capability. Do any products do the same for UNIX

Note: I'm particularly interested in the Sun OS/Solaris and HP/UNIX

Thanks in advance!

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