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C# and Context Sensitive Help

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Has anyone developed context sensitive help for a C# application? According to our programming staff, the development side is not able to provide links without adding hard coded links (topic names) in the user's registry. The latest e-mail we received from development states:

"Launching help with a certain topic using a Map ID is not supported in the C#.NET API. Well there is always a work around but would violate the .NET help infrastructure. Therefore I'm not really convinced doing it. To make it work within the .NET help infrastructure we need to set on the control on which you want to support F1 help the property "HelpNavigator = Topic" and e.g. "HelpKeyword = Code_Modifiers.htm". Once the focus is on the control or on one of its child controls, pressing F1 will open the help with the specified topic. Therefore instead of you giving us all the Map ID's you give use the .htm names for each topic."

I find it difficult to believe that Microsoft would develop a programming language that would not permit context sensitive help. Any suggestions or experiences with C# and help would be greatly appreciated.


Denise L. Moss-Fritch
Varian Medical Systems

Jul 21 '05 #1
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