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Re: [JAVAHELP] Using databases with JavaHelp

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From: Roger Brinkley [mailto:Roger.Brinkley@SUN.COM]
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2003 3:12 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?

[JT] You know customers, want the sun and the moon and they want it tomorrow and under budget.

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.

[JT] This is kind of where my head is going as well. I'm just not sure I can go as far as I need to with it. Will keep working on it.

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.

[JT] That has possibilities as well.

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

[JT] I'm considering using something other than the default hsviewer, and if I rewrite the viewer I can use the basic Broker behavior to get to the item id and then go fetch the help topic however I need to. Kind of troublesome in some regards but it might get me where I need to go.

Binky

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