Re: Question: Context Help for Java Apps

Subject: Re: Question: Context Help for Java Apps
From: Chris Knight <knight -at- ADA -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Jul 1998 12:47:51 -0700

Kathryn Marshall wrote:
> We are developing an application in Java. We're using WinHelp to
> create online help, but the programmer tells me that context-sensitive
> help is not possible because of the limitations of Java. Is this true?
> Something about that just doesn't sound right.
> Anyone out there developing applications and online help in Java?

I agree with Scott Miller. It is possible, but probably not with
WinHelp. I am working on Java-based client/server telecom software for
ADA (still in early deployment) and we are now using browser-based help
(standard HTML). The Java client S/W runs under Windows and justs
invokes xxxx.html, so whatever browser is set to handle such files pops
up with help. Works OK. We may go to one of the Java help systems (e.g.
JHelp) but probably not till they get a little more mature.
Chris Knight
Consultant, Technical Communication Architect
Vancouver BC, Canada
(currently at Applied Digital Access,
E-mail: knight -at- bcg -dot- ada -dot- com Phone: 604-415-5886 Fax: 604-415-5900)
Opinions expressed are my own, not ADA's

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