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Context sesitive Help

Anant Rao
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Joined: Nov 12, 2004
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Hi,

our application is built on struts frame work. We have common menu with help as one of the menu field. When Help is clicked it should open the help page (written in html) which contains that respestive file contents.

Can anybody help me how to write help in java or provide
any sample code

Thanks in advace
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Ernest Friedman-Hill
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This is a Struts question, yes -- so why not post it in the Struts forum? I will move it there for you.


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Merrill Higginson
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There's no magic or rocket science involved in writing help text. Just write the text and convert it to html. Microsoft Word or most any modern word processr will do this. Then on each page, put a link to that portion of the html document that pertains to the current page. If you specify target="_blank" on the link, the help text will open in a new window, rather that overwriting the current window. If you want to control the size and position of the help window, you can use the javaScript window.open() method.


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Anant Rao
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Joined: Nov 12, 2004
Posts: 126
Thanks for the reply. But...

I am using a common menu at the navigational bar with Help as Hyperlink. The help files (html pages) are also created.

Now the problem if i am at ProjectDescription page and click at Help it should display me help page related to the ProjectDescription. I am using a Dtree with folders and subfolders.
If I test it independentely i use an url
http://localhost:9080/SampleStaticWeb/index.htm?page=projectDesc.htm

For the Help Hyperlink I have used a JavaScript
window.open("http://"+"<%=request.getServerName()%>"+":"+"<%=request.getServerPort()%>"+"/SampleStaticWeb" );
}

so, How can I pass an id or some value to the url so that it display that particular page.

Regards
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