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Keyword lookup...
« on: February 04, 2005, 09:25:03 pm »
Any chance you could extend the IDE's keyword lookups beyond the first item on the help menu?

It would be nice if it could search the entire list of help files...

thanks!   :)

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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2005, 11:17:09 pm »
AFAIK, impossible unless Microsoft change the help API. Need a way of checking if a keyword exist in the help file, without actually requesting the help file to perform a keyword lookup - if it fails, it will display the index page or a message box. It quickly becomes annoying dismissing 8 different windows...

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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2005, 11:52:12 pm »
Quote from: "Pelle"
AFAIK, impossible unless Microsoft change the help API. Need a way of checking if a keyword exist in the help file, without actually requesting the help file to perform a keyword lookup - if it fails, it will display the index page or a message box. It quickly becomes annoying dismissing 8 different windows...

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Bummer... oh well, thanks anyway.

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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2005, 07:35:44 pm »
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AFAIK, impossible unless Microsoft change the help API. Need a way of checking if a keyword exist in the help file, without actually requesting the help file to perform a keyword lookup - if it fails, it will display the index page or a message box. It quickly becomes annoying dismissing 8 different windows...
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Hi Pelle,
I know it's been a while since I made this suggestion, but a possible solution has presented itself.   I have an old version of TextPad that allows adding multiple help files to a menu.  In this editor the scenario is not that you hit F1 and it searches a half dozen files.  Instead you mark the word you want to look up, then click on the help file you want to search.   The standard F1 search is limited to the primary helpfile (TextPad's own).

In the POIDE scenario this might be adapted so that the F1 search looks at the Platform SDK (if it's present) -or- the first help file on the list (if it isn't).  From there we could highlight the word to search for an pull down the help menu and click on the file we want to search.  It may not be the most automated way to do things, but it will get the job done...

Is that workable?

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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2005, 07:38:03 am »
Maybe in the next version...

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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2005, 11:30:49 am »
...or much better - write an add-in! Attached is a start. You will have to do the rest...

Enable the add-in, select some text in the source window, and press F1. You will see a dummy context menu. If you don't select some text, the current behaviour will be used.

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