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Help View customization? [message #472303] Thu, 07 February 2008 13:45 Go to next message
Tony is currently offline Tony
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I'm wondering if anyone knows of any way to customize the Help View that
is used for displaying context sensitive help. I've got the behavior
doing what I want, but would like to adjust the look and feel somewhat.
In particular, I'd like to hide or remove the Dynamic Help section, and
the buttons for "All Topics", "Search", and "Bookmarks" along the bottom.
It would also be nice to be able to rename the "About" and "Related
Topics" labels.

In case this info is helpful, I'm trying to port some functionality from a
legacy system in which I have to be able to display pages of help on
certain objects. The help available to me consists of several files, each
containing either plain text or an image in an archaic format. Each file
represents a page in a "book" in the legacy system. My idea was to write
code to convert this content to HTML on the fly (which I have figured out
how to do through the org.eclipse.help.contentProducer extension point),
and display it in a UI already available in Eclipse that can display HTML.
The help system seemed to fit the bill nicely, because it exposes that
extension point, and because it can handle HTML. But from what I have
been able to learn via the documentation, the help system is to some
extent a black box which can only be customized in a few very specific
ways. Perhaps it's not the correct choice for my application, and there's
something more suitable for displaying on-the-fly generated HTML? Thanks.

Tony
Re: Help View customization? [message #472307 is a reply to message #472303] Fri, 08 February 2008 00:48 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Chris Goldthorpe is currently offline Chris Goldthorpe
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You are correct - the help view doesn't support any kind of
customization. Removing the dynamic help section has been requested
before and hiding this section is still under consideration for Eclipse
3.4. If you want to bypass the help system you could always create a
browser widget and embed it in an editor, view or modeless dialog, that
way you can display just the html that you are generating.
Re: Help View customization? [message #475436 is a reply to message #472307] Sun, 29 March 2009 21:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Nick Chiu is currently offline Nick Chiu
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Chris Goldthorpe wrote:
> You are correct - the help view doesn't support any kind of
> customization. Removing the dynamic help section has been requested
> before and hiding this section is still under consideration for Eclipse
> 3.4. If you want to bypass the help system you could always create a
> browser widget and embed it in an editor, view or modeless dialog, that
> way you can display just the html that you are generating.

are there any updates on customizing the help system look and feel in
eclipse 3.4? This involves a completely different looking UI maybe
something similar to Windows help system UI

Nick
Re: Help View customization? [message #475439 is a reply to message #475436] Mon, 30 March 2009 21:41 Go to previous message
Chris Goldthorpe is currently offline Chris Goldthorpe
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Registered: July 2009
Senior Member
As far as the help view goes there has been no progress on allowing
customization.

Nick Chiu wrote:
> Chris Goldthorpe wrote:
>> You are correct - the help view doesn't support any kind of
>> customization. Removing the dynamic help section has been requested
>> before and hiding this section is still under consideration for
>> Eclipse 3.4. If you want to bypass the help system you could always
>> create a browser widget and embed it in an editor, view or modeless
>> dialog, that way you can display just the html that you are generating.
>
> are there any updates on customizing the help system look and feel in
> eclipse 3.4? This involves a completely different looking UI maybe
> something similar to Windows help system UI
>
> Nick
Re: Help View customization? [message #609397 is a reply to message #472303] Fri, 08 February 2008 00:48 Go to previous message
Chris Goldthorpe is currently offline Chris Goldthorpe
Messages: 815
Registered: July 2009
Senior Member
You are correct - the help view doesn't support any kind of
customization. Removing the dynamic help section has been requested
before and hiding this section is still under consideration for Eclipse
3.4. If you want to bypass the help system you could always create a
browser widget and embed it in an editor, view or modeless dialog, that
way you can display just the html that you are generating.
Re: Help View customization? [message #623267 is a reply to message #472307] Sun, 29 March 2009 21:34 Go to previous message
Nick Chiu is currently offline Nick Chiu
Messages: 2
Registered: July 2009
Junior Member
Chris Goldthorpe wrote:
> You are correct - the help view doesn't support any kind of
> customization. Removing the dynamic help section has been requested
> before and hiding this section is still under consideration for Eclipse
> 3.4. If you want to bypass the help system you could always create a
> browser widget and embed it in an editor, view or modeless dialog, that
> way you can display just the html that you are generating.

are there any updates on customizing the help system look and feel in
eclipse 3.4? This involves a completely different looking UI maybe
something similar to Windows help system UI

Nick
Re: Help View customization? [message #623269 is a reply to message #475436] Mon, 30 March 2009 21:41 Go to previous message
Chris Goldthorpe is currently offline Chris Goldthorpe
Messages: 815
Registered: July 2009
Senior Member
As far as the help view goes there has been no progress on allowing
customization.

Nick Chiu wrote:
> Chris Goldthorpe wrote:
>> You are correct - the help view doesn't support any kind of
>> customization. Removing the dynamic help section has been requested
>> before and hiding this section is still under consideration for
>> Eclipse 3.4. If you want to bypass the help system you could always
>> create a browser widget and embed it in an editor, view or modeless
>> dialog, that way you can display just the html that you are generating.
>
> are there any updates on customizing the help system look and feel in
> eclipse 3.4? This involves a completely different looking UI maybe
> something similar to Windows help system UI
>
> Nick
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