SVDIG Silicon Valley DITA Interest Group

9Jun/101

Meeting: WebHelp, Eric Armstrong

Who?
Eric Armstrong, Treelight Enterprises
eric at treelight dot com

When? Where?
June 9, 2010 at NetApp

What?
Context-sensitive WebHelp using a "preview feature" in XMetaL

Why?
No user download required

How?
Uses Javascript, XMetaL target (beta code)
Some customization required

Features (Pros)
Collapsible TOC
Index, search, browse
Print (but only single topic)

Cons
Does not launch if WebHelp already open
Links work (go to appropriate page), but framework not operational
XMetaL IDs are long and complex; Eric created his own unique IDs

For More Information

Tutorial by Su-Laine Yeo of JustSystems: http://forums.xmetal.com

Presentation: http://www.treelight.com/dita/CS_WebHelp.ppt

The demo page, to launch the CS help: http://www.treelight.com/dita/cs_webhelp/