Feature request #9483

Replace help with pages from the manual

Added by Paolo Cavallini over 8 years ago. Updated over 4 years ago.

Assignee:Richard Duivenvoorde
Category:Documentation and Help
Pull Request or Patch supplied:No Resolution:
Easy fix?:No Copied to github as #:18075


Translating help files in GUI is always the most painful part, and I am convinced it
is not the most useful one, as the content is often obsolete and not aligned with the
My suggestion is to:

  • remove the help
  • replace it with the relevant manpage, either including it or adding a link to the
  • ship the manual together with the package (problem: shipping all the languages will
    be very heavy).

Related issues

Duplicated by QGIS Application - Bug report #8564: context_help strings huge Closed 2013-09-03


#1 Updated by Paolo Cavallini over 8 years ago

Duplicated in #8564

#2 Updated by Giovanni Manghi over 5 years ago

  • Easy fix? set to No

#3 Updated by Alexander Bruy over 4 years ago

  • Status changed from Open to Feedback
  • Description updated (diff)

IMHO now addressed in master: Help buttons open corresponding web-pages.

#4 Updated by Paolo Cavallini over 4 years ago

Huge improvement, thanks.
One crucial point is not fully addressed, however: when offline the user has to add the path to the manual by hand; probably it would be good to prefill the path and install the manual as an installation option.

#5 Updated by Richard Duivenvoorde over 4 years ago

The offline help mode is some more work:
- we need to have a download service (per language a zip of around 170Mb) and build/upload these every day fresh on something like: https://docs.qgis.org/download/3.0/en etc?
- we could create a button near the input of the settings dialog where you can add url's?
- we need to think about where to save/unpack this zip, as installs can be very diverse. A normal user for example cannot save such zip in the install dir. OR we could/should make it part of the install scripts? Packaging for Linux?

Some other issue is that a fresh profile does not link to the right url (the setting is not picked up if you do not save your settings at least once): #17670

#6 Updated by Paolo Cavallini over 4 years ago

Well understood, thanks Richard for the analysis.
I suggest to leave this ticket open for future reference.

#7 Updated by Paolo Cavallini over 4 years ago

  • Assignee set to Richard Duivenvoorde

It seems to me that this is fixed. Please Richard decide whether to close it.

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