Java-based help, HTML-based help (LONG)

Subject: Java-based help, HTML-based help (LONG)
From: Ruth Glaser <ruthg -at- GORETEK -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 23 May 1997 11:27:43 -0500

Thanks to everyone who commented on my message, "Desparately Seeking
Java-based help." The resulting exchange was informative and spawned
many questions.

Bill Bledsoe shed some light on HTML-based help. Others suggested web
sites to visit for both java-based and HTML-based help information.

Here are URL's for those of you interested in more information. (Some of these
have already been suggested, but I thought it'd be nice to have them all in
one place.)
The Java Management API Online Help Developers Guide. "The JMAPI Help
System is a Java- and HTML-based help system that provides global and
context-sensitive help for applications built from the Java Management API
classes. The JMAPI Help System consists of a dedicated browser for viewing
help pages and an authoring environment for creating the help pages."
jHelp homepage. "jHelp is essentially a parser and formatter that displays help
files coded in HTML2. It can be displayed as a pop-up frame, or embedded as
a panel within a container object. It is very easy to use."
Microsoft's introduction to HTML Help. "Microsoft® HTML Help is designed
for displaying online documentation. Its audience is authors who create online
Help for a software program, or who are creating a multimedia title or a site on
the World Wide Web."
Netscape's introduction to NetHelp (their HTML-based help solution). "NetHelp
is an open standards-based platform for creating and viewing HTML-based online
help. Using Netscape Navigator 3.0 or later, NetHelp provides a context-sensitive
online help solution for any web-based application or native Macintosh, Unix, or
Windows program."
Ben Weisner & Associate's Help Author's Resource Kit (TM). Contains information
about HTML-based help. Volume 2 is coming soon. Also lists and describes
The WorkWrite site, including an interview on HTML Help with Microsoft's Ralph
Walden. This site contains many, many links to other resources.
Java resources. Many links to find more information about Java in general.

I would love to continue the conversation about documenting platform and browser
independent java systems. If you have any experiences in this arena, I encourage
you to post them to the list.

Ruth T. Glaser
rglaser -at- nxtrend -dot- com

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