Re: JavaHelp or WebHelp

Subject: Re: JavaHelp or WebHelp
From: "David M. Brown" <dmbrown -at- brown-inc -dot- com>
To: Techwr-L post <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 06 Jul 2000 23:45:49 -0700

Justin Cascio wrote:
> JavaHelp is a royal pain in the butt. Cleaning up the output
> from RoboHELP, for instance, is a full-time job, because JavaHelp
> does not handle all standard HTML well, and many of the extras
> that RH sticks into it make JH look terrible-- extra space around
> tables from extra paragraph tags, for instance.

Let me get this straight: When you tell RoboHelp you want to create JavaHelp, it writes code that JavaHelp can't handle--and this is a *JavaHelp* problem?!

Before a vendor claims their tool is compatible with a particular format, shouldn't the tool write code that conforms to the published standard for that format?

Don't get me wrong, JavaHelp has its shortcomings--but that's a completely different issue from the one raised by Mr. Cascio.

> Web Help is nice and neat, HTML standards are fairly easy, and
> there's no extra software to install to make it run-- any browser
> will do.

JavaHelp is intended primarily for use with Java applications, in which case there's no extra software to install, either.


David M. Brown - Brown Inc.
dmbrown -at- brown-inc -dot- com

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