As mentioned in the Jenson Blog recently, screen real-estate is at an all time premium. When you see how much time and effort is spent ensuring software doesn’t needlessly waste screen real-estate, it makes you realise the responsibility we have as authors to use the help window wisely.
Alot of benefit can be gained by considering ways in which we can make best use of the space.
- Provide navigation within each topic so the users doesn’t have to open the TOC to move around the help.
- Breadcrumb trail
- Cross Topic links
- See Also links
- Open the HTMLHelp with TOC minimised
- Desgin topics to fit in smaller portion of screen.
- Screen shots width is critical
- Tables used for content or layout should fit width
- Avoid scroll bars appearing by fitting content to one window
- Turn off test on the HTMLHelp toolbar buttons
- Provide help topic in a pane contained in the application.
- Turn off keep help on top.