Re: UNIX online help?

Subject: Re: UNIX online help?
From: Kent Dannehl <kdannehl -at- STARFISHSOFTWARE -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 5 Feb 1997 11:08:20 -0800

This probably will not happen for a number of reasons.

1. Unix system vendors (Sun, SCO, etc) will not pay
Microsoft for a proprietary help system. Microsoft's
HTML help will be dependent on microsofts help browser
for most of its interesting features (indexing, navigational
aids, etc). So unless microsoft is willing to give it away...

2. Unix system vendors already have help systems.
SCO (release 5) uses HTMl based help in a modified
mosaic browser. SUN/HP/others use CDE (common desktop
environment) help.

3. Netscape is also planning an html help viewer.
Unix vendors are much closer to netscape than microsoft.
Just try to get aversion of IE that runs on any unix
platform.

Myself, If they abandon what they are already doing,
I would bet most unix vendors will change to some form
of a Hot Java browser.

At present though see the vendor for the Help API.

At 12:44 PM 2/5/97 -0500, David Young wrote:
>Tina,
>
>>Can anyone tell me if there is such a thing as online help in the UNIX
>platform...<
>
>With the new Help file format, HTML Help, Microsoft plans to support
>viewing on UNIX and even Mac platforms. For further information on HTML
>Help visit their page
>http://www.microsoft.com/workshop/author/htmlhelp/home.htm or preview
>Microsoft's official guide to HTML Help on our page at
>http://www.wextech.com.
>
>David Young
>WexTech Systems, Inc.
>techsupp -at- wextech -dot- com
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