[Lazarus] Lazarus helpfiles

Graeme Geldenhuys graemeg.lists at gmail.com
Tue Jul 10 12:03:44 CEST 2012

Hi Mark,

On 10 July 2012 09:59, Mark Morgan Lloyd
<markMLl.lazarus at telemetry.co.uk> wrote:

> that it was agreed that any suggestion that Lazarus /requires/ Kylix
> helpfiles is unwise.

Such a suggestion was NEVER made! It was said that Kylix help _could_
also be used with Lazarus IDE and serve as Language Reference or VCL
help (the latter being very similar to LCL, so was deemed useful at
the time of writing).

> I note that the final link from the IDE goes straight to installing help for
> fpgui. Is this really appropriate, and if it is why aren't there links there
> to comparable instructions for GTK etc.?

Feel free to add GTK help instructions to that page, if you think it
would be useful.

> I suggest that the Kylix-related stuff in
> http://wiki.freepascal.org/Installing_Help_in_the_IDE would actually be
> better on a page of its own, or moved right to the bottom of that one.

I think you are confusing the topic of that wiki page. It doesn't say
FPC or LCL specific help, it says installing "help in the IDE" - thus
any help files that the developer would find useful.

Some developers prefer Kylix help files, because they are actually a
lot more detailed and useful than LCL help, plus they cover the Object
Pascal Language Reference help too. Some find the INF help files much
more convenient and faster. Some like CHM, and others like HTML. That
wiki page is meant to describe how to install any such help file
support in the Lazarus IDE.

  - Graeme -

fpGUI - a cross-platform Free Pascal GUI toolkit

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