I am trying to find out the advantages for using map ids as
opposed to just using the file names for the topics, but I couldn't
find this information in the RH7 Help or the forums. Can you please
list the advantages and disadvantages.
Also, I am describing how I wish to implement the context
sensitive help feature for my application and you can tell me which
approach is better. We make an application that is packaged within
a Java IDE. We want to launch context sensitive help topics from
the wizards and cheat sheets. Now, this context sensitive help can
be either be installed on the local machine or network (file://
protocol) or available on our portal (https:// protocol). We do
have the infrastructure in place to let the user decide whether
he/she wants to access the local help topic or the one over the
internet. Will map ids work for both the scenarios?
It sounds like your application call needs to call an online
version of the help first and if this is not available to point to
a local copy. Is that right? If so, how this happens is entirely in
the hands of your developers. I know it can be done, just sketchy
on the actual procedure.
As far as the CSH in the help is concerned, you can use
mapids for both versions of the help if you want. If using webhelp
you'd do well to check out
link on Peter Grainge's site.