[Gambas-user] Gambas help files

Benoit Minisini gambas at ...2...
Fri Jun 6 00:03:56 CEST 2003

Le Jeudi 5 Juin 2003 06:22, Rob a écrit :
> On Wednesday 04 June 2003 18:36, Ken Schrock wrote:
> > My favorite is docbook, but not everybody has it or can get it easily
> > Benoit has the manual at the site in pdf for like .35 and SO for .5x
> > I find the PDF one MUCH easier to use
> I don't know if PDF is the way to go presently because there's no way to
> bring it up inside the Gambas IDE and there's no navigation around all
> those documents.  I mean, yeah, you can paste all kinds of documentation on
> the end of that SXW document and then save as PDF, and I think that's a
> great way to start getting all the documentation together, but I don't know
> if that'll be enough for the help system.
> Your ideas regarding "New in *** version..." are right on, though I don't
> think we can do that retroactively very easily.  The "difference from VB"
> stuff on each page is a great idea and one I hadn't thought of.  That makes
> much more sense than an intro, though a "Help!  I'm a VB user!  What do I
> do?" page linked off the front page of the manual might be good too ;)
> I'm actually leaning towards the wiki idea, and tonight I started working
> on a Gambas help viewer that will parse simple HTML files (like those that
> should be created when you export from a wiki) and navigate between
> different HTML files via links (which you can't do with the regular
> TextLabel control because the underlying Qt component QTextBrowser's link
> following event isn't supported in Gambas yet).  I'm also thinking I should
> do a full text index when I do the export from the wiki (whichever one we
> end up using.... mein Deutsch ist leider sehr schlecht...) and include that
> with the HTML and pixmap files.
> I can't figure out how to subclass TextLabel and add my own events, not
> that I think it'd be possible in the first place to find out what word you
> just clicked on, so I'm rolling my own using a Scrollview and lots of
> individual TextLabel objects, meticulously spaced and tagged ;)  So far
> it's MUCH snappier than you might imagine, but I've done similar things
> successfully in Tcl which is a nasty and slow language so I'm not too
> surprised.  And, well, I actually have only gotten as far as parsing <B>
> and <IMG... tags.

You will have a TextBrowser widget in the next version. It is like a TextLabel 
with scrollbars, link management, and browsing capabilities.

Benoit Minisini
mailto:gambas at ...1...

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