Re: online help in unix environments; java

Subject: Re: online help in unix environments; java
From: Scott Miller <smiller -at- CORP -dot- PORTAL -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 1997 10:07:26 -0700

If you're writing for an all-Java product, then you probably don't want
to run a native Unix help system, whatever it might be. That's a
decision for your marketing and engineering people to make, but 100%
Pure Java doesn't allow for calls to the Unix OS.

Which leaves you with not a whole lot of options for a help system.
Currently, I know of only three, one of them being a homegrown system
that you develop. The other two are jHelp and Jelp. Until Javasoft
releases JavaHelp (Q2 98, they say) that's about it.

If anyone knows of any other Java help systems, let me know.

- Scott Miller
smiller -at- portal -dot- com

>1. I'm thinking of joining a startup company that does an all-Java
>product that currently runs in a Solaris environment (I thought Java
>programs would run anywhere, but that's another issue). I'd be doing
>online docs and online help for the product.
>How can I find out what online help systems are available for Solaris
>environments? Seems like a simple question, and I know about Hyperhelp
>from Bistol, but I'd like to survey the field (and look for something
>cheaper). In fact, can programs have simple "builtin" help without a 3rd
>party product?
>Embarrassing asking such a simple question, but I've perused the
>technical bookstores and searched the web for "online help systems",
>etc., etc., without success.
>2. Is there anything special about help and online docs for Java
>programs? Everyone in Silicon Valley is writing Java programs now, it
>sometimes seems.

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