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Creating Effective JavaHelp (Java Series)

Kevin Lewis

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ISBN 10: 1565927192 / ISBN 13: 9781565927193
Editorial: O'Reilly Media, 2000
Usado Condición: Fair Encuadernación de tapa blanda
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Título: Creating Effective JavaHelp (Java Series)

Editorial: O'Reilly Media

Año de publicación: 2000

Encuadernación: Soft cover

Condición del libro:Fair

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Effective, instantly available online help is a requirement for today's interactive applications. Until now, Java application developers have been forced to develop their own help system. That's no longer necessary. With the release of JavaHelp™, there is a complete and standard online help system for the Java™ platform.Creating Effective JavaHelp covers the main features and options of JavaHelp. It shows how to create a basic JavaHelp system, prepare help topics, and deploy the help system in an application. Written for all levels of Java developers and technical writers, the book takes a chapter-by-chapter approach to building concepts. It imparts a complete understanding of how to create usable JavaHelp systems and integrate them into Java applications and applets.Topics covered include:

  • Understanding JavaHelp
  • Creating your first HelpSet
  • Planning the JavaHelp project
  • Preparing Help topics
  • Creating HelpSet data and navigation files
  • Enhancing the HelpSet
  • Using the JavaHelp API for advanced presentation options
  • Deploying the help system to your users
  • Using third-party help-authoring tools


With the new JavaHelp standard from Sun, Java programmers can now deliver online help that rivals traditional help systems on other platforms such as Windows. Aimed at Java developers and technical writers, Creating Effective JavaHelp provides a very concise guide to creating help systems using this new standard.

Even before HTML was widely used, help systems provided hyperlinks and browsing capabilities. The book does a good job at orienting the reader to JavaHelp and how it relates to these earlier help systems. It also includes a short, useful section on project planning for online help. The text next shows how the JavaHelp standard uses XML to structure content layout (for such options as navigation and the table of contents; help content itself is organized into HTML pages). Creating Effective JavaHelp works through a sample help system from Sun and shows you how to create a simple, custom help system to illustrate these concepts.

For developers, the book ventures into a discussion of the JavaHelp APIs, which allow a program to call up context-sensitive help at run-time. Other sections show how to take advantage of more advanced help features, like using secondary windows to display content or using embedded help within custom applications. The book ends with reference material on relevant XML tags, plus the JavaHelp API itself.

Chances are JavaHelp won't change the way you create help systems. (As the book notes, third party tools will actually let you deploy help systems to JavaHelp automatically.) But this compact text points out the differences and advantages of JavaHelp for creating online help on the Java platform. Whether you are a technical writer, developer, or project manager, you'll want a copy of Creating Effective JavaHelp to see the future of online help for the next generation of Java applications. --Richard Dragan

Topics covered:

  • Overview of the JavaHelp help system; JavaHelp versus other help systems; standalone, context-sensitive, and embedded help
  • Deploying JavaHelp
  • HelpSet basics
  • Map and navigation files
  • Project planning guide for creating help systems
  • Help topics
  • XML basics for HelpSet navigation and table of contents (TOC) files
  • Popup and secondary windows
  • Customizing stopwords
  • Using the JavaHelp API: implementing context-sensitive and embedded help, third-party help authoring tools, reference for HelpSet, Lightweight Component Tags and the JavaHelp API

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