Common Desktop Environment: Help System Author's and Programmer's Guide

Help Windows

When a user requests help, the Help System displays a help window. There are two types of help windows: general help and quick help. A general help window has a menu bar, topic tree, and a topic display area. The topic tree lists help topics that a user can choose. The lower portion of the window--the topic display area--displays the selected topic.

A quick help window is a streamlined help window. It has only a topic display area and one or more dialog buttons. Quick help windows are often used for short, self-contained information such as a definition.

Figure 1-2 General help and quick help window