Help System For Python Applications

bruno at modulix onurb at xiludom.gro
Tue May 16 18:22:53 CEST 2006

redefined.horizons at wrote:
> I did some searching for this topic, but couldn't find anything. A
> search of this list only turned up an old post from 2002.
> I'd like to add a comprehesive help system to my Python Application. By
> "comprehensive" I mean regular "read-like-a-book" help and context
> sensitive help that can be launched from the application.
> Is there an existing system in Python that would support this, or would
> I need to start from scratch?

This depends on the system and UI, so their can be no one-size-fits-all
builtin solution. Hint : look at how other programs using the same
system and UI solved the problem.

> On a related note, is there a way to fire up Adobe's Acorbat Reader or
> and Web Browser from Python and have the external application open a
> specified PDF or HTML file? (For example, I want to open the file
> "myhelp.pdf" in reader from Python code.)

os.system() may be a good start.

bruno desthuilliers
python -c "print '@'.join(['.'.join([w[::-1] for w in p.split('.')]) for
p in 'onurb at xiludom.gro'.split('@')])"

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