The principle to access HelpServer content over the Internet is by means of a URL. The URL contains the location of HelpServer's web application and indicators to access the required content object. The best way is to capture the URL by coping the URL in the Workbench. The copy 'URL' function constructs the fixed part of the URL and puts it on the clipboard. Next, you can paste it where ever you need it. In the next image it is pasted in the web browser's address bar. We use this as an example to describe the different parts in the URL.
A HelpServer URL
The location of the HelpServer web application.
The string 'go' indicates that you are going to access content by means of an alias and optionally a pointer(path).
The actual alias consisting of the project name and object name separated by a dot (not case sensitive).
The pointer or multiple pointers separated by a dot to constitute a pointerpath (not case sensitive).
Additionally you can extend the URL with a number of named parameters as demonstrated in the next image
The named parameters in the URL
Consider the following guidelines.
The question mark (?) is required to indicate the start of the named parameter string.
Each parameter consists of a name and a value separated by an equal sign (=). The name is always in uppercase, some values are case sensitive.
Some parameters consists of a name and a value pair, the values in the pair are separated by a comma (,).
If you add multiple parameters, then separate these with an ampersand (&).
The position of the named parameters in the URL does not matter.
Blanks in the values have to be replaced by a plus sign (+).
Currently the following named parameters are supported.
This is to initialize a variable with its value. You use this to actuate the conditions of dynamic content. The variablename and valuename are not case sensistive. You can find the names in the properties of the variable and value objects.
This parameter indicates the various bars and panes typically shown when browsing HelpServer content. By default, the visibility of these bars is indicated in the scheme. You use this parameter to override the settings in the scheme. The value of this parameter is a set of characters that represents a scheme's bar or pane. If you omit a character then the corresponding bar or pane is not available.
N indicates the Navigation bar.
T indicates the Title bar.
A indicate the Action bar.
B indicates the Body content.
For example if you only want to see the content, without a navigation, title, or action bar then you specify BARD=B. If you also would like to see the title then you specify BARD=BT. The bars and backgrounds or laid out in the
This indicates that the HelpServer content will be shown in an iframe.
This parameter has the same functionality as the pointer or pointer path. It is meant to be used by C/C++ applications.
This is the two character ISO-639 code that indicates the language in which the help data should be shown. The value is case sensitive. A full list of the ISO-639 codes can be found on the web. By default the language of the profile of the user is used. Using this parameter will override the language in the user's profile.
The system uses a default scheme to lay-out the HelpServer pages. If you want to override this default you can use this parameter. The value is the identifier of another scheme then the default one. It is not case sensitive.
This is the message that will be displayed when users request help that is not yet available. When no message identifier is specified, HelpServer displays a predefined string. The value is not case sensitive.
This definition prevents display of the feedback pane.
This definition prevents display of the folder tree pane.