Creating context-sensitive topics

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Creating context-sensitive topics

Context-sensitive help displays topics relevant to what the user is currently doing in an application. Normally, this will open the main help viewer and show the relevant topic. The Microsoft HTML Help CHM format supports a technology called "field-level popups", which are displayed directly in your application, not in the main help window. Field-level popups are only supported in Microsoft HTML Help CHM files. JavaScript popups cannot be used as field-level popups.

As the help author you don't need to do anything special to create normal context-sensitive topics. They are simply normal TOC topics and normal popup topics. They become "context-sensitive" when they are called directly from the application. What makes field-level popup topics a little different is the fact that they are called on their own, without the help viewer, but when the same popup topics are called within the help they behave the same as other popup topics. The difference is in the way the topics are called, not in the way they are created.

For more background information see the Context-Sensitive Help & Popups chapter in the Reference section.

Click to expand/collapseHow to create a normal context-sensitive topic
Click to expand/collapseHow to create and use field-level popup topics

See also:

Creating popup topics

Auto-generating field-level popups

Context-Sensitive Help & Popups

Organizing invisible topics