Pages in category "Online help"
The following 27 pages are in this category, out of 27 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 27 pages are in this category, out of 27 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Apple Guide – Apple Guide was Apple Computers online help and documentation system, added to the classic Mac OS in System 7.5 and intended to work alongside Balloon Help. In addition to hypertext, indexing and searching of the text, however, the process of creating guides was more complicated than non-interactive help and few developers took full advantage of its power. Apple enhanced the system with HTML-based help in Mac OS8.5 which worked in conjunction with Apple Guide providing links to Apple Guide sequences. Apple Guide was not carried over into macOS, which uses an HTML-based help system, Apple Guide made use of the AppleEvent Object Model, allowing the system to examine the state of the application as it ran, and change the help in response. Help content was created in individual steps, and each step could have assigned to it conditions to determine if the step should be skipped, additionally AEOM allowed Apple Guide to drive the interface, completing tasks for the user if they clicked on the Do it for me buttons. A distinctive feature of the system was support for Coaching, using the AEOM, AppleGuide could find UI elements on the screen, and circle them using a red marker effect to draw the users eye to it. Apple Guide Isn’t Help, it is something more interesting
2. Apple Help Viewer – Help Viewer is a WebKit based HTML viewer for Mac OS X aimed at displaying help files and other documentation. It is found in /System/Library/CoreServices/Help Viewer. app, Help index files are generated with Help Indexer. Mac OS X applications typically use Help Viewer to display their help content, Help Viewers implementation in Mac OS X10. The Help Viewer window also does not work with the Exposé window management feature, there is a workaround using the defaults command accessible in the Terminal
3. Balloon help – Balloon help was a help system introduced by Apple Computer in their 1991 release of System 7.0. The name referred to the way the text was displayed, in speech balloons. The name has since used by many to refer to any sort of pop-up help text. During the leadup to System 7, Apple studied the problem of getting help in depth and they identified a number of common questions, such as Where am I. Or worse, Why is that item grayed out, in the context of computer use they identified two main types of questions users asked, What is this thing. Existing help systems typically didnt provide information on either of these topics. One of the thorny problems was the What is this thing. In an interface that often included non-standard widgets or buttons labeled with an indecipherable icon, users generally refused to do this, and ended up not using the full power of their applications since many of their functions were hidden. It was this problem that Apple decided to attack, and after extensive testing, apples solution for How do I accomplish. Was Apple Guide, which would be added to System 7.5 in 1994, Balloon help was activated by choosing Show Balloon Help from System 7s new Help menu. While balloon help was active, moving the mouse over an item would display help for that item, Balloon help was deactivated by choosing Hide Balloon Help from the same menu. The underlying system was based on a set of included in application software. The balloon graphics and resizing were supplied by the system itself. Additionally, there was a system level API that could be utilized by the programmer to directly create and display balloons containing text, graphics. The engine would automatically display the proper balloon based on the mouse location and it also positioned the balloon using an algorithm designed to keep it from covering the objects being examined and adjusted the cartouche to point appropriately. Help text for most common UI elements, such as the Close Box on a window, was built into the system, developers could also include balloons for their application icon itself, allowing users to identify an unknown application in the Finder without launching it. Developers were encouraged to not just name an object, but to describe its function and this feature explained to users why a particular menu item was disabled. Microsoft subsequently introduced the similar tooltips in Windows 95, which serves a purpose, but are generally smaller
4. Doxygen – Doxygen is a documentation generator, a tool for writing software reference documentation. The documentation is written within code, and is relatively easy to keep up to date. Doxygen can cross reference documentation and code, so that the reader of a document can easily refer to the actual code, Doxygen is free software, released under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2. Like Javadoc, Doxygen extracts documentation from source file comments, programming languages supported by Doxygen include C, C++, C♯, D, Fortran, IDL, Java, Objective-C, Perl, PHP, Python, Tcl and VHDL. Other languages can be supported with additional code, Doxygen runs on most Unix-like systems, macOS, and Windows. The first version of Doxygen borrowed code from a version of DOC++, developed by Roland Wunderling. Later, the Doxygen code was rewritten by Dimitri van Heesch, many programmers avoid using C-style comments and instead use C++ style single line comments. Doxygen accepts comments with additional slash as Doxygen comments, the following illustrates how a C++ source file can be documented. An alternative approach for documenting parameters is shown below and it will produce the same documentation. For instance, add equations using LaTeX commands, Comparison of documentation generators Graphviz Mscgen API Writer Official website Doxygen on SourceForge. net Doxygen
5. Help & Manual – Help & Manual is a Windows-based help authoring tool published by EC Software, a company based in Austria. Like many help authoring tools, Help & Manual allows the writer to create a source text which it then converts to a number of target formats. In this case, the author creates the source using an editor built into the Help & Manual program. The text, along with the settings for the project, are stored in XML files. Version 7.0 of Help & Manual was released June 2015, version 5. x of Help & Manual contains a completely redesigned Ribbon interface, and permits multiple users to collaborate and work on a single help project at the same time. Version 6. x of Help & Manual has a modified user interface. Version 7. x of Help & Manual adds support for Team Foundation Server version control,3. x - used RTF-based source files with a. HM3 extension
6. HelpNDoc – HelpNDoc is a Windows-based help authoring tool published by French company IBE Software. HelpNDoc integrates a full-featured WYSIWYG editor which aims to look like popular word processing software such as Microsoft Word or OpenOffice. org Writer and it also allows the user to style their documents similar to Microsoft word. This editor is backed up by a table of content and keyword editor and these make it easier to apply changes to keywords or media items to the whole document at once. The overall look of the application closely mimics the final CHM output display in the Microsoft HTML help viewer, to create CHM help files, HelpNDoc generates intermediary files and relies on Microsofts HTML Help Workshop to generate the final help files. Other formats are generated by HelpNDoc. The major focus of HelpNDoc is the ease of use for the end user and this is why most of the application is available through the main window, with a minimum of dialogs. HelpNDoc has the ability to include variables and external files, helpNDocs licensing model offers a free version of the program for personal use, and two paid versions for commercial use. The free version includes an ad at the bottom of each generated documentation page while the professional edition doesnt. The standard edition removes those ads from the CHM and HTML generated documentation, the last version,4.9 was released in January 2016 The complete release history includes, HelpNDoc home page IBE Software home page HTML Help Workshop
7. Man page – A man page is a form of software documentation usually found on a Unix or Unix-like operating system. Topics covered include computer programs, formal standards and conventions, a user may invoke a man page by issuing the man command. By default, man uses a terminal pager program such as more or less to display its output. To read a page for a Unix command, a user can type, Pages are traditionally referred to using the notation name, for example. The same page name may appear in more than one section of the manual, such as when the names of system calls, user commands, examples are man and man, or exit and exit. The syntax for accessing the non-default manual section varies between different man implementations, on Solaris and illumos, for example, the syntax for reading printf is, On Linux and BSD derivatives the same invocation would be, which searches for printf in section 3 of the man pages. In the first two years of the history of Unix, no documentation existed, the Unix Programmers Manual was first published on November 3,1971. The first actual man pages were written by Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson at the insistence of their manager Doug McIlroy in 1971. Aside from the man pages, the Programmers Manual also accumulated a set of papers, some of them tutorials. Later versions of the documentation imitated the first man pages terseness, Ritchie added a How to get started section to the Third Edition introduction, and Lorinda Cherry provided the Purple Card pocket reference for the Sixth and Seventh Editions. Versions of the software were named after the revision of the manual, for the Fourth Edition the man pages were formatted using the troff typesetting package and its set of -man macros. At the time, the availability of online documentation through the manual system was regarded as a great advance. The modern descendants of 4. 4BSD also distribute man pages as one of the forms of system documentation. Few alternatives to man have enjoyed popularity, with the possible exception of GNU Projects info system. In addition, some Unix GUI applications now provide end-user documentation in HTML, man pages are usually written in English, but translations into other languages may be available on the system. The default format of the man pages is troff, with either the macro package man or mdoc and this makes it possible to typeset a man page into PostScript, PDF, and various other formats for viewing or printing. Most Unix systems have a package for the command, which enables users to browse their man pages using an html browser. A consequence of this is that section 8 is sometimes relegated to the 1M subsection of the main commands section, Some subsection suffixes have a general meaning across sections, Some versions of man cache the formatted versions of the last several pages viewed
8. Microsoft Help 2 – Microsoft Help 2. x is a proprietary format for online help files, developed by Microsoft and first released in 2001 as a help system for Visual Studio. NET and MSDN Library. Microsoft Help 2. x is the engine used in Microsoft Visual Studio 2002/2003/2005/2008 and Office 2007. Help files are made with the Help 2.0 Workshop, the default viewer for Help 2. x files is Microsoft Document Explorer, and there are several third-party viewers available such as H2Viewer and Help Explorer Viewer. Visual Studio 2010 uses a new engine, Microsoft Help Viewer. March 2001—Microsoft announced Microsoft Help 2. x at WritersUA conference, january 2003—Microsoft decided not to release Microsoft Help 2 as a general Help platform. Help 2 remained a Visual Studio Help integration tool, august 2003—Borland have released C# Builder. Documentation is all in Microsoft Help 2 format and displayed in Microsoft Document Explorer, december 2005—Microsoft continues support of Help 2 by releasing the Help Integration Wizard which is Visual Studio 2005 compatible. December 2006—Office 2007 is released and uses Microsoft Help 2, the Office help viewer is a custom viewer that can only view Office 2007 help. April 2009—Microsoft announced at 2009 WritersUA conference that Microsoft Help System 1. x will ship with Visual Studio 2010, a Microsoft Help 2. x file has a. hxs extension. Microsoft WinHelp Microsoft Compiled HTML Help Microsoft Help Viewer Microsoft Help 2. x
9. NamePros – NamePros is an online community for domain name investors. Its services include forums and domain name auctions, the forums implement a freemium business model, whereby membership is free, but paid subscriptions offer additional features. Ron RJ James publicly launched NamePros in February,2003 and he created NamePros to fill the hole left by Afternic, a popular online community that was quickly failing. NamePros started to see success around June,2003, four months after its launch, Ron James dismissed the idea of adopting a subscription business model, favoring free services. Bodis, a domain parking company, acquired NamePros in January,2012, speculation circulating around blogs and other communities point to a sale price in the range of $200,000 to $300,000 USD. Rumors of the sale began as early as January 11, by January 19, Matt Wegrzyn, owner of Bodis, had publicly confirmed the acquisition. Matt Wegrzyn hinted that improvements to the website and its services would follow, former owner Ron James noted that Bodis had better resources and would be capable of supporting NamePros continued growth. In years leading up to the acquisition, the investor community noted some issues with website reliability. On May 14,2013, NamePros released a series of updates to its service, including a new layout, the new tool, developed by a community member, scraped domain sale information from other websites and RSS feeds. The author claimed to be indexing over 80,000 sales that members could query, NamePros changed ownership again in July,2013. In May,2014, NamePros released another series of updates and they migrated from vBulletin to XenForo, resulting in significant changes. DNForum, a website, made a similar update a month prior. NamePros services center around its forums, other services are integrated into its forum platform. NamePros provides forums for domain investors, the service implements a freemium model, typical use is free, but users can purchase additional features on a subscription basis. As part of its forums, NamePros provides a domain name marketplace, the marketplace combines various models, including auctioning, fixed price, and bargaining. Domains considered particularly valuable can be listed in a dedicated area, around 2008, NamePros also offered live auctions. In May,2014, NamePros revived its online service for domain investors. It had offered a service previously, but it had been discontinued