JavaHelp vs. HTML help

Subject: JavaHelp vs. HTML help
From: Kelly Williamson <kelly -dot- williamson -at- CBIS -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 15:52:05 -0500


I have been tasked with writing a small, online help system for
a translation tool. The tool is being developed in Java. Before
I can begin writing the help, I have to decide how to present it.
I am restricted to HTML-based help, because it must be platform-

Is JavaHelp an option? I have heard great things about its
capabilities, but am not sure if it's available yet. My other option is
to present an HTML file in a browser, such as Netscape. I know there
are issues involved, such as bundling the browser with the application,
which browser to use, etc. Can you spin a browser from a Java GUI from the
Help menu? Or do you have to point the user to an HTML help file and
instruct them
on how to open it in their browser? I'm unclear on many of the technical


Kelly Williamson
Technical Writer
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