Documentation/Dashboard/Application Online Help

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Application Help (aka Online Help) - What is it?

The Application Help is the user documentation that is installed together with the software.

In former times (before the web), the word 'online' had the meaning of something that is available immediate, without any delay, without waiting for the pile of punchcards to get processed by the operators. And years later, getting connected to other computers by a phone line most often meant to wait for a long time. Today most users have instant access to the web without noticable delays, and many users do not know those early times of communication. The term 'Online Help' today is recognized as a term for 'help on the web'.

The help authors follow these naming conventions: The installed help file set is the Application Help. The titles of some Wiki pages, the category name, and the mailing list still contain the term 'online'. We will not change these, because they are online, on the web.

The Application Help of consists of several parts, which are invoked by different means:

- The "normal" Help pages that you can read in the Help Viewer.

- The Extended Tip Help.

- The Help Agent.

Currently the Help is the same as the StarOffice Help. The Sun Documentation Team at StarOffice in Hamburg writes and compiles the Help, which is then used for, too. Variables in the source code, for example '%PRODUCTNAME', ensure that the Help Viewer displays the correct text.

Project Owner

Uwe Fischer



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see also To Do list on the other set of Wiki pages



See also Category:OnlineHelp for some Wiki pages about contributing to the development of OOo Help.

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