The Extensible Help project was found to resolve any issues and incorporate any changes required to allow the application help (aka Online Help) to be extended by extra content, mainly provided by OpenOffice.org extensions.
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Help Issue Areas
Context Sensitive Help
The Application Help is context specific, in that calling the Help from within the application (using F1 or the Help button, if available) triggers the display of a help page associated with the context in which the help was called. Note, that not all application contexts may be currently covered. The context sensitivity is established by calling the Help in conjunction with context parameters, such as
- a Help ID designating the actual context within the application
- an application name designating the application that calls the help (Writer, Calc, Impress...)
- a language code designating the current UI language
- a system identifier designating the current operating platform (Window, Unix)
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Extended Tips or bubble help are chunks of help content that are defined in the application help source files and get extracted when the help is built. They are application-dependent, i.e. every application has its own set, and are stored in *.ht files in the help directories. An extended tip gets displayed when the user rests the mouse over a UI element (with extended tips activated through Tools - Options), or if he presses Shift-F1. The Help-ID for that element is used to select the corresponding extended tip content from the *.ht files.
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