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Javadoc vs 'Java help'?? [message #608428] Sat, 26 January 2008 00:08
Bill Evans is currently offline Bill EvansFriend
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Registered: July 2009
Junior Member
(Sorry, this is long.)

When the Javadoc view is open and I put the cursor inside a Java method
(like timerExec, below), the Javadoc view shows the docs for that
function. As expected.

When the Dynamic Help view is open and I put the cursor somewhere, the
dynamic help offers several choices, one of which is a link to the full
Javadoc containing the method, like this:

About Java Editor
The Java editor provides you with Java specific text editing support.
Java help:
Javadoc for 'org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Display.timerExec(int, Runnable)'

Clicking on that link takes me to the topic inside the Javadoc topic,
and I can page up and down, look at other functions, constants, etc.

Both of these facilities are useful, but the Javadoc is often too
constrained, and the dynamic help requires leaving the keyboard and
clicking a link (not that I want to automatically hit the network as I
move the cursor around).

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What I would like to be able to do:
I would like to have an Eclipse function (to which I could bind a key)
to get the full Javadocs for whatever type, function, constant, etc.,
that the cursor is in. A key feature of this is the KEY, so that I
don't have to leave the keyboard.

Is this possible today? If not, does it sound reasonable, and if so,
how might I best pursue it?

Again, I apologize this is so long. Thanks for any thoughts,

Bill Evans
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