KHelpCenter/coreapps [was Re: Concluding the discussion about splitting kdebase]
englich at kde.org
Fri May 12 11:52:21 BST 2006
On Thursday 11 May 2006 22:27, Cornelius Schumacher wrote:
> * kdebase/coreapps:
> - khelpcenter
In my opinion, it is a design bug that KHelpCenter, as we know it now, must be
in coreapps. Here's the solution, which so many times have been floated
Split KHelpCenter into three parts:
* A library, residing in kdelibs or coreapps.
* A KHelpCenter as we know it now, which uses the above library. It is this
reference-like, huge manual library which you can lookup everything you got
on your system, plus the documentation about slaves, and so on.
* A light set of "viewing widgets", possibly part of the above library(and if
so, it's used by KHelpCenter). When an application needs to view its manual,
it uses this instead of launching the whole of KHelpCenter.
This achieves three things:
* KHelpCenter doesn't have to be in coreapps
* Viewing manuals from applications is light, fast, and have better usability
since it's tailored towards the application instead of showing everything
* Documentation viewing can be done in-process. This is the way to go. The
Docbook can be customized to allow tags which specifies widget names and so
on, and by that go in the direction of interactive documentation.
There's a SoC proposal in the direction of this(will follow up with details on
kde-soc-mentor), which we could use to get man power on this.
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