JavaHelp : Java Glossary



a HAT (Help Authoring Tool) An application much like WinHelp to convert HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) files to help format. It creates a table of contents, index and various cross references. The advantage is that it is platform independent. Oracle devised the basic framework and various third parties have created tools for it. If your help system generates PDF (Portable Document Format) or HTML, it need not be Java friendly. You just launch a browser of Acrobat reader to handle the help.

Using HTML for Help files

Increasingly programmers are abandoning proprietary help formats in favour of ordinary online HTML. The advantages include:

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