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  • SwissCharles
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    Re: New Documentation Reader

    Allow me to add a few observations.

    But before pointing out some discrepancies, let me state (again) that this new doc reader marks one giant step forward in an area which, before, was lacking tremendously. Good stuff!

    1. On smaller displays like on my Dell Latitude with 1280x800, the content is cut off to the right. Hiding the selector does not help.
    Perhaps related to David's item 3 above?
    2. Also, there is no movable divider between selector and content, which would perhaps help alleviate point 1 somewhat.
    3. When going to the Favorites, it immediately displays the first item there - but thats not always the one I want to see.
    That's automation taken a little bit too far imho. Why not wait to let the user select a topic he wants to see?
    4. The message that it can not close the last tab seems a bit superfluous to me. Why not just let the 'Read Me First' tab or some other splash screen be there?

    Thanks Alpha for improving your documentation!

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  • Sparticuz
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    Re: New Documentation Reader

    Not related to the above, but the Wiki already has some form of 'Notes' (Comments on the wiki pages). It would be great if this could also be integrated into the Documentation viewer. Maybe a Public Notes section above or below the User Notes. php.net has had great success with user notes/comments on their function pages.

    Also, it would also be good if there could be an option that would always sync the online version, for example, click on Trim FUNCTION and it would get the latest version online.

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  • David Martin
    started a topic New Documentation Reader

    New Documentation Reader

    Ok, I downloaded the update with the new Documentation Reader and have come across these items ... in just a few minutes.

    First off my setup is three monitors; 2 x 24 inch set at 1920x1200 and 1 x 22 inch set at 1920x1080. The 24 inchers are horizontal with the 22 incher in the middle vertically. I use the center one for long code listings, websites, help windows, etc...

    Item 1: The Alpha Five Help window does not remember where it was the last time it was open...ie: I set it for Modeless and put it on the middle monitor ... when restarting A5 it comes backup in the main A5 MDI window.

    Item 2: I can not get the Alpha Five Help window to be less than 1222 wide. My center monitor is 1080 wide and 1920 high.

    Item 3: When Double-Clicking on the Alpha Five Help window Title Bar nothing happens. This should make the window fit the screen it is on. The main Alpha Five window handles this correctly.

    Other than that...so far so good I like having a local help file!!!!
    Last edited by David Martin; 04-22-2012, 12:44 PM.
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