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Bug 41411 - The Help Window looks very ugly - let us makeup it
Summary: The Help Window looks very ugly - let us makeup it
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: platform
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Help System (show other bugs)
Version: 3.x
Hardware: PC Windows ME/2000
: P3 blocker (vote)
Assignee: Jaroslav Havlin
Keywords: UI
Depends on:
Reported: 2004-03-26 14:32 UTC by santhosh
Modified: 2011-09-01 16:04 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Exception Reporter:

HelpWindow looks like this after this bug fix (12.46 KB, image/gif)
2004-03-26 14:34 UTC, santhosh

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Description santhosh 2004-03-26 14:32:36 UTC
The Help Window looks very ugly.
1. The Folder and bullet icons in contents tree
   can be replaced by Book and Page icon.
2. the icons for the three tabs are meaningless.
   name these tabss "Contents", "Index", "Search"
   Don't use any icons.
3. replace the icons in tool bar with some 
   beautiful icons.
4. the buttons in toolbar have no rollover effect.
   these buttons looks very ugly in windows LAF
5. the splitpane in helpwindow is one-touch 
   expandable. but in windows LAF, these arrows 
   don't fit in default divider size. Either 
   increase the divider size, or remove one-touch
6. add home, refresh actions to toolbar.
7. remove unnecessay borders.

if all these thing are done then the help window,
looks very beautiful, as shown in attachment.
Comment 1 santhosh 2004-03-26 14:34:01 UTC
Created attachment 14172 [details]
HelpWindow looks like this after this bug fix
Comment 2 _ tboudreau 2004-03-29 10:26:14 UTC
I agree it's ugly;  JavaHelp uses pluggable look and feels (its own UI classes for the help 
window), so it *should* be possible to customize it, by creating alternate UI classes for it.

A word of warning:  I don't expect I'll have time to even look at what could be done until 
this fall at the earliest - lots of work in the queue.  This would be a *great* place for some 
collaboration - it doesn't even require knowledge of NetBeans APIs (just javahelp's javadoc 
and probably some looking at its sources to figure out what the L&F classes do - all 
available from

I would happily review/look at/etc. patches for this, but I am truly swamped with other 
things (window system enhancements, tree table view rewrite, output window rewrite, GTK 
support, HTML renderer).  Would you consider contributing some work on this?
Comment 3 mslama 2004-10-21 15:55:40 UTC
Some points are already solved (current NB dev build 21 Oct)
2.I do not see any icons in tabs.
3.There are now nicer icons in toolbar.
4.Rollover effect should be OK. At least on Linux Metal L&F a Win XP
L&F both JDK 1.5.0.
5.Not solved yet but there is separate issue #39541.

So new TODO list:
1. Add Home, Refresh actions to toolbar.
2. Remove unnecessay borders (It probably requires subclassing of UI
classes as in #39541.)

Patrick is it possible to add 2 new actions to current toolbar?

Comment 4 Patrick Keegan 2004-10-21 16:26:42 UTC
I disagree with the Home and Refresh requirements.

Home - this would add more clutter to the toolbar (detracting from the
effectiveness of the other items) without adding much value. 

Refresh - Same as the above, but in fact I don't see *any* value as
the pages do not change in any way, so there's nothing to refresh to.
Comment 5 santhosh 2004-10-22 10:44:11 UTC
It is possible to add new buttons to toolbar:

add the following tag to helpset.xml:

<presentation default=true displayviewimages="false">
  <name>main window</name>
  <size width=400 height=400 />
  <location x=200 y=200 />
  <title>Project X Help</title>
    <helpaction image="previous"></helpaction>
    <helpaction image="next"></helpaction>
    <helpaction image="homefolder"></helpaction>
    <helpaction image="refresh"></helpaction>
    <helpaction image="print"></helpaction>
Comment 6 Patrick Keegan 2004-10-22 11:51:11 UTC
Yes, we know that it is possible. The question is whether it is
desirable. In general, adding new UI elements needs strong
justification, because each new UI element detracts from the overall
usability. If you can provide a specific use case of why these buttons
should be here (give an example of how you use help and show how these
buttons would improve your process), we could consider adding them.
Comment 7 santhosh 2004-10-23 12:47:22 UTC
Refresh:- this is not reqd, as the html pages will not change at 
          runtime. (I just suggested this so that help window looks
          like native help for windows users). The windows help
          allows to view help online from website. If netbeans Help
          window is supposed to browse help online, then this is 
Home   :- this might be useful to jump directly to home page.
          Some help documents contains some useful links in home page
          such as troubleshooting, faq, changelog etc. Adding
          home buttons makes navigation easier instead of searching 
          such links in the tree.
Comment 8 Antonin Nebuzelsky 2008-11-14 15:16:12 UTC
Reassigning to the new "core/help system" owner obarbashov.
Comment 9 Alexei Mokeev 2009-03-05 13:57:28 UTC
Moving JH issues to Victor.