[vdr] FRQ: VDR core support for online help
cwieninger at gmx.de
Sun Aug 12 14:31:43 CEST 2007
today many TV equipment offers online help, even my remote does ;)
VDR currently only gives help by manuals or WIKI, but this is far away
every time you need it, i.e. if you whatch TV.
So I was wondering if it would be interesting to add online help for VDR
with the following requirements:
- a dedicated key should give help in any situations (-> kHelp)
- help may be available per OSD item, or - if not present - per OSD menu
(e.g. some setup values could give an extra explanation)
- help may be available for all player controls
(e.g. I'll never keep in mind the keys for the dvd-plugin ;) )
- the implementation should also work for plugins
What do you (especially Klaus) think about an online help?
I've added a quick and dirty patch, that adds the basics for an online
help. With the patch the implemenation of an online help works like this:
To add help to an OSD item, simply replace for example
Add(new cMenuEditItem(tr("an osd item"), &data.value));
cOsdItem* item = new cMenuEditItem(tr("an osd item"), &data.value);
item->SetOnlineHelp(tr("Help for item"));
To add help for an OSD menu add the following line to the contructor:
SetOnlineHelp(tr("Help for this menu"));
The same for an object derived from cControl.
Whenever the user presses the 'Help' key he gets a simple text menu with
the online help.
I've already added online help to epgsearch's setup previously, but I
think it would be better if there was core support in VDR for this and a
The patch really needs some refinement (especially the part in vdr.c),
but it should only serve as a starting point for a discussion.
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