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Newbie help content search question [message #612031] Sun, 27 April 2008 17:53
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I have a newbie question about eclipse and searching for help content.
I'm running the standard JDT. Currently when I'm coding something like

String foo = null;

And highlight the word "String", and press F1, a "Related Topics" help
view comes up, populated with "About Java Editor" and "Dynamic Help".

What I'd like to see is, upon pressing F1, help view starts to search for
any HTML content in any scope (or the current active scope).

So for example, upon highlighting "String" and hitting F1, search results
would list "java.lang.string" as one of the clickable entries. (FYI, I
have a custom-made help plugin that lists the JDK6 javadocs inside the
help view.) Searching this content works, but it's currently not hooked
up to F1 and searching for the item under the cursor.

I know that the default behavior of F1 is context-sensitive, i.e. open the
view that's associated with the plugin (in this case, JDT). Unfortunately
though, "About java editor" is rather useless to me as I already know how
to use it. Searching for actual help content (API reference, etc) would
be a VERY nice thing to have, and would make my life easier. Why isn't
this kind of thing already in eclipse? Have people had to go to external
web browsers (etc) for all their documentation?

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