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.

http://w3.nai.net/~rvdi/jhelp/jhelp2/jhelp.html

http://www.jelp.com/

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

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

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>
>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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