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Standalone infocenter content display on iPad [message #541285] Sat, 19 June 2010 10:38 Go to next message
Bob Beims is currently offline Bob Beims
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REPOSTED ELSEWHERE please refer to the re-posting (thanks Chris for the right forum) as msg_543555 in the UA area for the active discussion...

Infocenter (i.e., standalone Eclipse Help runtime content hosting) sites are a great way to deliver the latest and greatest technical content to end users. Particularly when combined with the DITA content authoring standard. The iPad represents the next generation interface for on-the-go technical information consumers, but ...

The touch-screen UI of the iPad's Safari implementation creates some interesting challenges for infocenter content delivery. Here are some examples:

  • the ToC panel width expands to the length of the longest link title ... on a mouse-driven browser this is OK, as the user can mouse over the divider bar and change the width. There's no 'mouse over' on the iPad.
  • When setting search scope, a series of dialog boxes are used to create a new scope and select sub-topics, but those dialog boxes are treated as pop-ups, and there's no scroll bar in in the topic list in order to get past the first few topics.
  • Because there's no "increase font size" control key combination available, the only way to zoom is with pinch gestures ... which moves the UI controls off of the screen and requires more gesturing to get to them

Basically, we need a 'mobile infocenter' interface that is presented when the user's browser is identified as a mobile device.

Is anyone looking into this?

Regards,
Bob

[Updated on: Tue, 29 June 2010 14:29]

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Re: Standalone infocenter content display on iPad [message #543544 is a reply to message #541285] Tue, 29 June 2010 13:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Chris Goldthorpe is currently offline Chris Goldthorpe
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Bob Beims wrote on Sat, 19 June 2010 10:38
Infocenter (i.e., standalone Eclipse Help runtime content hosting) sites are a great way to deliver the latest and greatest technical content to end users. Particularly when combined with the DITA content authoring standard. The iPad represents the next generation interface for on-the-go technical information consumers, but ...

The touch-screen UI of the iPad's Safari implementation creates some interesting challenges for infocenter content delivery. Here are some examples:

  • the ToC panel width expands to the length of the longest link title ... on a mouse-driven browser this is OK, as the user can mouse over the divider bar and change the width. There's no 'mouse over' on the iPad.
  • When setting search scope, a series of dialog boxes are used to create a new scope and select sub-topics, but those dialog boxes are treated as pop-ups, and there's no scroll bar in in the topic list in order to get past the first few topics.
  • Because there's no "increase font size" control key combination available, the only way to zoom is with pinch gestures ... which moves the UI controls off of the screen and requires more gesturing to get to them

Basically, we need a 'mobile infocenter' interface that is presented when the user's browser is identified as a mobile device.

Is anyone looking into this?

Regards,
Bob



There is a forum - Home » Eclipse Projects » Platform - User Assistance (UA) for questions about the help system. To answer your question it seems that the behavior you are seeing is different from the experience on other browsers so it seems to be specific to the Safari Brower on the IPad. Safari on Windows sets the frame sizes correctly, i.e. the table of contents is always 30% of the width of the containing frame.

Probably the best next step is to file a bug report in Bugzilla - the IPad is not an officially supported platform for the Eclipse help system but it would still be nice to see the help system work there.
Re: Standalone infocenter content display on iPad [message #546029 is a reply to message #541285] Fri, 09 July 2010 20:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Shalini Komarla is currently offline Shalini Komarla
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I second Bob's request; it would be nice if we could offer the Infocenter on the Ipad an mobile devices.

Regards,
Shalini
Re: Standalone infocenter content display on iPad [message #851197 is a reply to message #546029] Fri, 20 April 2012 14:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Beth Fischi is currently offline Beth Fischi
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Has there been any movement on the idea of a mobile Infocenter since the original posts in 2010? I'm also interested in this idea.
Re: Standalone infocenter content display on iPad [message #892286 is a reply to message #851197] Wed, 27 June 2012 11:27 Go to previous message
Tim Raff is currently offline Tim Raff
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+1 - we love infocenter as a delivery mechanism. but because it currently relies on the outdated frameset technology, it just does not work on a tablet. It would be great to have an app or an update to use css scrollable divs rather than frames.
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