Contextual help

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binocular222
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Contextual help

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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")
I'm a casual coder using AHK language. All of my xys scripts:
http://www.xyplorer.com/xyfc/viewtopic. ... 243#p82488

Stef123

Re: Contextual help

Post 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?

binocular222
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Re: Contextual help

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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
I'm a casual coder using AHK language. All of my xys scripts:
http://www.xyplorer.com/xyfc/viewtopic. ... 243#p82488

Stef123

Re: Contextual help

Post 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?

binocular222
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Re: Contextual help

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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.
I'm a casual coder using AHK language. All of my xys scripts:
http://www.xyplorer.com/xyfc/viewtopic. ... 243#p82488

Stef123

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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.

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Re: Contextual help

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I'm a casual coder using AHK language. All of my xys scripts:
http://www.xyplorer.com/xyfc/viewtopic. ... 243#p82488

Stef123

Re: Contextual help

Post 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:

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Re: Contextual help

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Bump, Don, did you missed this thread?
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Sorry, but not interested.
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Re: Contextual help

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nah, giving names to window title is just a little work
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I don't understand.
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Re: Contextual help

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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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a lot of work
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What about the other suggestion: Externalize those help texts into some easily editable format?

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