Re: JavaHelp vs. Interhelp

Subject: Re: JavaHelp vs. Interhelp
From: "Elna Tymes" <etymes -at- lts -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 02 Nov 1999 09:09:17 -0800

Debbie Pesach wrote:

> The SME's objection to using HTML-based help is that opening up the help
> file will require opening up another browser window which can be easily
> confused with the application browser window which must not be closed.
> Can anyone provide me with information about this?

You can design your HTML-based help window so that it doesn't look like a browser
window at all. You can put buttons at the top for navigation, use a different
arrangement of white space and type face than the browser defaults, etc. That
way the help window doesn't look related to the browser window, and your users
shouldn't have any problem distinguishing between the two.

One of our clients has an HTML-based help application that works like this, and
it's pretty spiffy.

Elna Tymes
Los Trancos Systems

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