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Help View customization? [message #609387] Thu, 07 February 2008 13:45
Tony is currently offline TonyFriend
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Registered: July 2009
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 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.

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