Selecting Input and Output Formats : Understanding Output Formats : Sun JavaHelp
 
Sun JavaHelp
 
Sun JavaHelp Viewer
Understanding Sun JavaHelp Files
Delivering Sun JavaHelp
To deliver help on multiple platforms, you need a solution that runs on all those platforms. This solution helps you avoid complications of each platform and allows you to deliver one solution that meets the needs on all your platforms. This common solution can save development time and effort.
ePublisher supports several Java-based help output formats, such as Eclipse Help, Oracle Help, and Sun JavaHelp, that provide a common solution for multiple platforms without JavaScript support. WebWorks Help and WebWorks Reverb also provide a cross-platform solution, but it requires JavaScript support. If you are delivering a Java-based application, or if your environment does not support JavaScript, a Java-based help solution can help you deliver your help content.
The Sun JavaHelp formats (JavaHelp 1.1.3 and JavaHelp 2.0) produce help systems for applications written in the Java programming language. Sun JavaHelp uses HTML files and cascading style sheets, but Sun JavaHelp is not usually displayed in a Web browser. Sun JavaHelp users usually view the help system in the Sun JavaHelp viewer application or in a custom viewer application created by your application developers.
Sun JavaHelp is recommended to create help for an application written in the Java programming language. Sun JavaHelp includes a navigation pane with Contents, Index, and Search tabs, and a topic pane that displays the actual help content topics.
The Sun JavaHelp output format delivers online help for a Java application and has no dependency on JavaScript. When deciding whether to use the Sun JavaHelp output format, review the following considerations:
*Sun JavaHelp is one of the output formats you can use to produce help for a Java application.
*If you need to produce help for a pure Java application, you may also consider using the Eclipse Help and Oracle Help output formats. Each output format has slightly different requirements, appearance, and behavior.
*If you are creating help for a Java application and you can also use JavaScript, you may consider using the WebWorks Help or WebWorks Reverb output formats.
*If you need to produce help for a Web-based application, hosted on a Web server or on an intranet server, that is not a pure Java application, you may consider using the WebWorks Help or WebWorks Reverb output formats.