on August 26, 2003 at 11:56 AM PDT
JSR-97, JavaHelp V2.0 specification has been approved by J2SE Executive
Council with a vote of 11-0 for final release. This vote clears the way
for the Final Release of JSR-97 which will simultaneously coincide with
the release of V2.0. The anticipate date of the release is September 4.
Several help authoring tool vendors currently have tools in either
released or beta form that provide support for V2.0. I've included the
ones that I know about below
JawaHelpAuthor 1.2, support JavaHelp2.0, is available
JawaHelpAuthor help you to create JavaHelp system from existing HTML
topic files. It's a good WYSWYG editor for helpset file. It separates
helpset file data into three parts - info, toolbar and tabs. It provides
a powerful and utilitarian table of content and index editor, a GUI
interface of jhindexer command for creating full-text search database.
For more information visit http://www.pivotonic.com .
Solutionsoft has announced that version 3.0 of its
JavaHelp authoring tool, HelpBreeze JavaHelp Edition,
now supports JavaHelp 2.0. HelpBreeze is a complete
visual authoring system and will automatically handle
the creation and maintenance of all the files required
by JavaHelp. With HelpBreeze, authors can create a
JavaHelp system, plain HTML documentation for a
website/intranet and printed documentation all from
the same source files. Version 3.0 offers dozens of
new features and improvements, including support for
targeting both JavaHelp 2.0 and 1.0x. New JavaHelp 2.0
features such as the glossary and favorites views and
presentations are fully supported by HelpBreeze. The
final release of HelpBreeze JavaHelp Edition 3.0 will
ship in September, 2003. A fully functional
pre-release copy can be downloaded now from
June 5, 2003 - Software 7 GmbH announced today that it will support
JavaHelp 2.0 with the next version of the JavaHelp authoring tool Helen.
Helen is a Help authoring tool (HAT) designed specifically for producing
online Help in JavaHelp format. Therefore it can offer several unique
features. Helen can import existing JavaHelp projects, offers a project
consistency check as well as an HTML link check. It comes with an easy
to use interface for all tasks related to create a JavaHelp online help
efficiently. The integration of the redistributable parts of JavaHelp
and a comfortable graphical installer makes it easy to setup a complete
working environment within a few minutes.
Currently Helen 1.1 is available for JavaHelp 1.1.3. The next version of
Helen, supporting JavaHelp 2, is expected to be delivered by Software 7
in the third quarter of 2003.
For more information visit:
http://www.software7.biz , or
download a 15-day trial version from:
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