Question / Thought about absence of any standard online help
2007-11-01 19:05:39 GMT
Is there some reason why the myriad tools in Squeak don't have even a placeholder button or menu item for online help? From my newbies point of view it is very frustrating to try to do something (refactor to extract a method with a parameter, most recently) and be confronted with a totally new editor (Selector editor, in this case) and not have any idea about what the panels and buttons mean (Up? Down? Ok?). I finally figured it out, but it took 15 minutes of blind trial and error. It is very disheartening and a huge hurdle for someone who wants to get started with Squeak. Shouldn't online help be a standard part of any IDE framework, making it easy for tool writers to add a few lines of online help in a standard way? Perhaps include some url links? Heck, if the tool even had a standard link (e.g. on SystemWindow) to a standard place on a Squeak wikis, anyone (even me) could contribute to the help. And yes, I know that getting those lines written is a separate matter.