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Contextual help

Posted: 07 Jun 2014 11:35
by binocular222
There's already "i" button for contextual help in some input dialog box (i.e: batch rename, PFA editor...) but they're not comprehensive. Besides, I have some nice hacks or just mfu (most-frequently-used) pattern.
So, I need to either edit those help or just write my own help by AHK.

Wish: please consider either of these things:
- Externalize those helps to some ini files
- Give specific heading to each dialog's window (currently, Batch rename, VF, QNS... all have the same window heading "XYplorer")

Re: Contextual help

Posted: 07 Jun 2014 11:52
by Stef123
binocular222 wrote:I need to either edit those help or just write my own help by AHK.
Had the same thought: http://www.xyplorer.com/xyfc/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11423
What do you mean by AHK?

Re: Contextual help

Posted: 07 Jun 2014 11:54
by binocular222
a simple Autohotkey script can detect active window's title and display something according to that window, i.e:
#Ifwinactive, Batch rename
tooltip, some nice pattern here

Re: Contextual help

Posted: 07 Jun 2014 12:08
by Stef123
Interesting idea. You can't copy & paste from those tooltips, though, can you?
But I guess AHK could just as well bring up a more comprehensive text window from which I'd then copy my patterns. Would that work?

Re: Contextual help

Posted: 07 Jun 2014 12:14
by binocular222
I will use "Gui, Add, Edit,", not tolltip. Sure, you can copy/edit/save the help text on-the-fly.
I'm fairly competent at AHK, so it will work smooth.

Re: Contextual help

Posted: 07 Jun 2014 12:32
by Stef123
binocular222 wrote: you can copy/edit/save the help text on-the-fly.
An enormous advantage over editing the XY language file. Do you mind sharing your script? I am AHK illiterate (except some basics), though I already depend on some really great scripts (courtesy of other helpful users) - and the best part of it: it runs portable.

Re: Contextual help

Posted: 07 Jun 2014 12:49
by binocular222

Re: Contextual help

Posted: 07 Jun 2014 14:52
by Stef123
I strongly support this suggestion. :idea: :idea:
This would pave the way to personalized help and info pages, right at the spot to which they apply. These hints to yourself are bound to change along with new features/syntax, and of course, due to the many different user and usage scenarios.

If we could supplement the built-in help with our own pointers and findings - on the fly - it would speed up workflows. Instead of pulling out your notes, you have instant access to whatever you find hard to remember.
Pleeeaaase make this possible. :roll:

Re: Contextual help

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 09:43
by binocular222
Bump, Don, did you missed this thread?

Re: Contextual help

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 09:59
by admin
Sorry, but not interested.

Re: Contextual help

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 16:54
by binocular222
nah, giving names to window title is just a little work

Re: Contextual help

Posted: 15 Jun 2014 10:09
by admin
I don't understand.

Re: Contextual help

Posted: 15 Jun 2014 11:51
by binocular222
binocular222 wrote:- Give specific heading to each dialog's window (currently, Batch rename, VF, QNS... all have the same window heading "XYplorer")
So:
- the input dialog of QNS should have this title: "XYplorer - Quick Name Search"
- the input dialog of VF should have this title: "XYplorer - Visual Filter"
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Re: Contextual help

Posted: 15 Jun 2014 12:08
by admin
a lot of work

Re: Contextual help

Posted: 15 Jun 2014 12:16
by Stef123
What about the other suggestion: Externalize those help texts into some easily editable format?