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Re: [JAVAHELP] Using databases with JavaHelp

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Anonymous

The help topics themselves are supposed to be HTML packaged into jar files, that kind of precludes using jsps unless I am very much mistaken.

-----Original Message-----
From: Wayne A Christian [mailto:wac@GENESYSLAB.COM]
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2003 3:20 PM
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Subject: Re: [JAVAHELP] Using databases with JavaHelp

Am I being na�ve, or could the dynamic parts be done using links to JSPs generated by some servlet that knows what to change based on what data?
JavaHelp should be able to support this. The servlet is doing all the dynamic work, as long as you don't depend on fancy stuff like javascript or fancy css.
Shouldn't this work??? Or am I offbase?

Wayne Christian
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-----Original Message-----
From: Roger Brinkley [mailto:Roger.Brinkley@SUN.COM]
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2003 4:12 PM
To: JAVAHELP-INTEREST@JAVA.SUN.COM
Subject: Re: [JAVAHELP] Using databases with JavaHelp

Tryon, Jason P. wrote:
> Ok let me see if I can shoehorn this into making some kind of sense.
> When we display help information, part of it is pretty much static
> what's on the screen, what the elements mean how to use the screen
> that sort of thing. However, there's also a part that is dependent
> on the actual application data and the user wants that to change
> depending on the data, for example a list of possible resources for
> an experiment might change depenging on other resources involved and
> such. The customer wants those things to change with the data
> without requiring re-authoring the help.

Customer doesn't want much do they?

Ok. Dynamic help would be great but it is probably made up of static
help that's cobbled together. One thing you might consider is a
light-weight component in the html content. There is a way to refer back
to the calling object in light-weight component and I think it might be
possible to build some type of additonal help based on what is currently
displayed.

Alternatively you could do CSH.field level help on the components
themselves that would provide the help you need. The main document could
refer the user to how to activate online help. Not great but it would work.

Any other suggestions on how this has been handled (within or outside of
JavaHelp)?

Binky

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