RE: Follow-up question to using Javahelp

Subject: RE: Follow-up question to using Javahelp
From: "David Demyan" <dbdemyan -at- worldnet -dot- att -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 21:37:41 -0500

Sanjay asked:

>I posted a question RE: using Javahelp and its viability, I was correctly
>chastised for not checking the archives. David Knopf's response was great.
>However, I do have have a follow-up question. What are the alternatives to
>Javahelp. The application will be java-based, should the help BE javahelp
>as well or could I think of other ways to deliver the help both screen- and

Sanjay, we are using Oracle Help for Java, one of the output options
from RoboHelp HTML 9. The ICE browser and swing components created by
Oracle are superior to the plain Java browser that Sun's standard Java
Help uses. Also, the look and feel is much more like other popular help
browsers (WinHelp and HTML Help). Like Javahelp, it features a very useful
full-text search, Table of Contents, and Index. Field-level context-
sensitive help may be a problem, unless you want the whole tri-pane
browser to appear when called. Window-level context-sensitive help
calls work fine.

If you own RoboHelp, I recommend giving it a try. If you don't own
RoboHelp, it is probably too much trouble to create it using Oracle's
tools, but not impossible. Be aware that you will have to install the
latest JDK and JavaHelp, plus Oracle Help for Java, available at Sun's
and Oracle's web sites, respectively.

Dave Demyan
Mendem Concord, Inc.

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