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Ashish Kulkarni
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Joined: Jun 07, 2001
Posts: 3
Do we required to add Help menu on GUI? Or is it some thing for future enhancements? Please reply.
Thank you
Rick Fortier
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Joined: Jun 04, 2001
Posts: 147
Originally posted by Ashish Kulkarni:
Do we required to add Help menu on GUI? Or is it some thing for future enhancements? Please reply.
Thank you

I think that most people are putting some sort of online help. I think that launching it from the menu would be the standard way to do it.
Now how you display it is another thing. I have seen the following ways discussed:
1. create a window and put it there
2. use a window that understands HTML tags
3. put the help on their personal website
Here are the discussions I found on this forum:
http://www.javaranch.com/ubb/Forum25/HTML/000323.html
http://www.javaranch.com/ubb/Forum25/HTML/000725.html
http://www.javaranch.com/ubb/Forum25/HTML/000773.html
The HTML way sounds like the slickest way, but installation sounds like a problem. It is probably better use an approach that does not have installation issues.
Rick

[This message has been edited by Rick Fortier (edited June 11, 2001).]
Peter den Haan
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Joined: Apr 20, 2000
Posts: 3252
Local HTML help within a JEditorPane does not have any installation issues. You can stuff the HTML file inside your jar and use ClassLoader.getSystemClassLoader().getResourceAsStream() to load it up (off the top of my head - YMMV).
- Peter
Narayan Veeramani
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Joined: Jun 06, 2001
Posts: 25
Can we use JavaHelp for providing online documentation?
I guess we just need to install jh.jar and make sure this jar
file is included in the class path?
Karl Fu
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Joined: Mar 26, 2001
Posts: 41
Do we lose mark if we don't put help section in our GUI ?
I don't see it in my assignments' spec !
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
 
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