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Standalone infocenter content display on iPad [message #543555] Tue, 29 June 2010 18:24 Go to next message
Bob Beims is currently offline Bob BeimsFriend
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REPOST originally posted as msg_541285 in newcomer's area, moved here for more active discussion...

BUG REPORTED see bug 318371

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?


[Updated on: Tue, 29 June 2010 18:52]

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icon3.gif  Re: Standalone infocenter content display on iPad [message #997802 is a reply to message #543555] Tue, 08 January 2013 19:18 Go to previous message
Tim Raff is currently offline Tim RaffFriend
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I see this was moved here for "more active discussion" in 2010. The current infocenter works well for the desktop, but even there the frames-based approach is looking pretty old-fashioned. Our help users have found real issues on the iPad similar to those mentioned, and on a smart phone the infocenter is completely unusable. Is it not time to start looking at an html5/css3 based update to the eclipse infocenter that will look good on all platforms?
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