Common Desktop Environment: Style Guide and Certification Checklist

Help Menu Contents


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These requirements apply only in a left-to-right language environment in an English-language locale. You must make the appropriate changes for other locales.


 

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Recommended 

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If your application includes a Help menu, it contains the following set of choices, with the specified functionality, when the actions are actually supported by your application. The Help choices included here supersede those listed for Motif 1.2. 

Required 

 

Overview 

Provides general information about the window from which help was accessed or about the application overall. The mnemonic is V. Place a separator after. 

Optional 

 

Index 

Provides an index listing topics for all help information available for your application. The mnemonic is I. 

Recommended 

 

Table of Contents 

Provides a table of contents listing topics for all help information available for your application. The mnemonic is C. 

Recommended 

 

Tasks 

Provides access to help information indicating how to perform different tasks using your application. The mnemonic is T. 

Recommended 

 

Reference 

Provides access to reference information. The mnemonic is R. 

Optional 

 

Tutorial 

Provides access to your application's tutorial. The mnemonic is L. 

Optional 

 

Keyboard 

Provides information about your application's use of function keys, mnemonics, and keyboard accelerators. Also provides information on general Common Desktop Environment use of such keys. The mnemonic is K. 

Optional 

 

Mouse 

Provides information about using a mouse with your application. The mnemonic is M. 

Optional 

 

Mouse and Keyboard 

Provides information about your application's use of function keys, mnemonics, keyboard accelerators, and using a mouse with your application. Also provides information on general Common Desktop Environment use of such keys. The mnemonic is M. Use rather than separate mouse and keyboard choices if this information is best presented together. 

Optional 

 

On Item 

Initiates context-sensitive help by changing the shape of the pointer to the question mark pointer. When the user moves the pointer to a component and presses BSelect, any available context-sensitive help for the component is presented. The mnemonic is O. Set off with separators on both sides. 

Required 

 

Using help 

Provides information on how to use the Common Desktop Environment Help Viewer. The mnemonic is U. Set off with separators on both sides. 

Required 

 

About applicationname 

Displays a dialog box indicating, minimally, the name and version of your application, and displays its icon or some other signature graphic for your application. The mnemonic is A.