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Method and System for Transferring Help Data of a Product to an Online Help Application

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000208798D
Publication Date: 2011-Jul-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 21K

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Abstract

A method and system is provided to transfer help data of a product to an online help application.

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Method and System for Transferring Help Data of a Product to an Online Help

Application

Disclosed is a method and system for transferring help data of a product to an online help application.

Typically, help data of a product are stored as property files. The method and system disclosed herein utilizes an index file and a transformer file to transfer help data from the property files to an online help application. As a result, the help data from the product are available online to clients. A JavaScript engine scans a product installation directory corresponding to the product for the property files such as, for example, ".PRP" and "XML" files. A transformer file, such as "transformer.xsl" file then writes back into the JavaScript engine and outputs help files containing help data from product files content in the online help application. The "transformer.xsl" file is used to perform transformations on the help data at client side. For example, the "transformer.xsl" file may perform transformations on the help data at the client side using Ajax* to render an xHTML output, as illustrated in the code provided below.

<topic href="topics/Index.html?ID=Activity_diagram"
title="Activity_diagram"/>

The help data is retrieved from product installation directory using HTTP requests combined with Ajax. Thereafter, the help data is transformed at client side and the output is rendered for a specific "subject", "metaclass", and "property" in a specific file format. Therefore,...