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Questions about supported features in JavaHelp

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Anonymous

Hello,
I'm wondering if any or all of the following capabilities are supported
within JavaHelp. I havenÂ’t really seen any of them mentioned in the
docs/articles IÂ’ve read, but neither do I have confirmation that they
arenÂ’t supported.

-Clickable image maps
-E-mail links
-Related Topics style links
-Links to external web sites and/or PDFs (specifically, IÂ’d be interested
to know if these can be accomplished “easily” without significant
development effort/time)
-Dynamic HTML (specifically, IÂ’m wondering if it supports
expanding “hotspots”, allowing the user to show and then hide sections as
desired)

thanks,
Leo

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Roger Brinkley

Leo Paoletti wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm wondering if any or all of the following capabilities are supported
> within JavaHelp. I haven’t really seen any of them mentioned in the
> docs/articles I’ve read, but neither do I have confirmation that they
> aren’t supported.
>
> -Clickable image maps

Yes

> -E-mail links

nope.

> -Related Topics style links

Yes, through a customized component. I think a couple of groups did one.

> -Links to external web sites and/or PDFs (specifically, I’d be interested
> to know if these can be accomplished “easily” without significant
> development effort/time)

No

> -Dynamic HTML (specifically, I’m wondering if it supports
> expanding “hotspots”, allowing the user to show and then hide sections as
> desired)

No.

In general if your using a web based application with no java client
then I would look at using JavaHelp on the back end and use the JSP tags
with your own UI (I'm assuming you have a tree component). Your help
would be more tightly tied to your application.

Binky

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seancai
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> In general if your using a web based application with
> no java client
> then I would look at using JavaHelp on the back end
> and use the JSP tags
> with your own UI (I'm assuming you have a tree
> component). Your help
> would be more tightly tied to your application.
>
> Binky

Hello Binky,

I have a question regarding the issue that you addressed above. Since you mentioned that by implementing our own UI, which may have a tree component leveraging with AJAX as TOC, I wonder how I could seamlessly move the JavaHelp package to the backend server without knowing the real URL.context from Web Request. For example, my test case is that, I used File URL to locate a helpset file and initiate it. but next when the UI asked a url from the DefaultHelpBroker, it will return a (file:/// URL + relativeURL to html file). Of cause, this is not going to be accessible with a local file request over the internet. So is there a way in helpbroker / helpset to do the URL transform ?

Thanks in advance,

Sincerely,

-Sean

wichka
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Joined: 2004-09-02

>For example, my test case is that,
> I used File URL to locate a helpset file and initiate
> it. but next when the UI asked a url from the
> DefaultHelpBroker, it will return a (file:/// URL +
> relativeURL to html file). Of cause, this is not
> going to be accessible with a local file request over
> the internet. So is there a way in helpbroker /
> helpset to do the URL transform ?
>

I don't know the way to do it in the help set but you can do the mapping of the URL to file on the local disk. Please look at this example.

docBase="/home/anil/benchmark"
debug="99" reloadable="true">

...

You can put it in server.xml.

example at http://wiki.jboss.org/wiki/Wiki.jsp?page=ExternalDirectories