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Re: [] [EXTERNAL] Status of Java Help API (JSR-97)

The best way to understand where a JSR is currently targeted is looking the JSR filing: As you can see, it is targeted to the desktop.

Someone from Oracle could comment on what the archived javaee repository code was intended for. Looking at it, it seems obvious to me it's probably just an implementation, extension or utility related to JavaHelp rather than the JavaHelp specification itself (and it was probably a very minor bit of work judging by the code base).

My honest advise if you want to find out what is going on with JavaHelp is contacting the JCP program office: I doubt posting here will get you very accurate information.

On 10/2/2022 12:39 PM, Eric Bresie wrote:
Maybe...the project (right or wrong) used to fall under java ee code base from what I can tell (1) which has since been archived, assumedly because it transitioned here with no plan for Oracle to support it directly.

From a high level, the Java Help documentation (2) indicates

"JavaHelpTM is an online help system specifically tailored to the Java platform. JavaHelp consists of a fully featured, highly extensible specification and an implementation of that specification written entirely in the Java language. JavaHelp enables Java developers to provide online help for: • Applications (both network and stand-alone) • Server based applications • Applets • JavaBean components • Desktops • HTML pages

So except for maybe the "Applet" side of things (which is deprecated/removed in more recent Java), it still seems potentially viable.

I can see how this is one of those grey areas where it could be usable in desktop or online (enterprise) context, kind of like say CDI where it started in enterprise and found favor for use external to enterprise usage..

On Sun, Oct 2, 2022 at 11:16 AM reza_rahman@xxxxxxxxx <reza_rahman@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
This is not a JSR that has ever been targeted or included in Java EE. Indeed in its current form it is targeted to the desktop/Java SE. The right place would be to ask Oracle in the JCP.

If you are proposing it should be re-targeted to Jakarta EE, you can either start fresh here or work with the Eclipse Foundation and Oracle to get it transferred here. Personally I think this would be an odd choice for a Jakarta EE or MicroProfile technology. It’s rightful place remains in the JCP since that’s where Java SE still is.

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What is the current status of the Java Help API (JSR-97)?

Has it been abandoned?  Is there still value in it?  Are there alternatives for it?

Eric Bresie
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