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The body of each help topic is made up of the same elements found in most web pages (text, images and hyperlinks) but with some small differences (improvements, we think).


Breadcrumb and Browsing Navigation


At the top-left of each of the Windows Help and Web Help topics, there is a breadcrumb trail showing you the position of the topic with respect to the documentation's chapters and sub-chapters. In addition to showing you the position of the current topic in the documentation, individual elements of the breadcrumb trail are clickable, as can be seen in the example below.



At the top-right of every help topic are 3 browsing buttons, to move through the topic hierarchy (table of contents), one topic at the time, as shown above right.




In the Windows Help and browser-based format help files, hyperlinks are displayed in blue, as usual, but these hyperlinks are not shown as underlined (see screenshot below).


hyperlink in normal state (left) and hyperlink under the mouse cursor (right)

hyperlink in normal state (left) and hyperlink under the mouse cursor (right)


This makes the text easier to read, as the underlining does tend to break one's reading concentration. However, when you place your mouse over any of these hyperlinks, then the underline appears, as seen in the example above right.

image with clickable hotspots

image with clickable hotspots


Images with Clickable Hotspots


The second improvement of Q++Studio Help topics over the usual Windows help pages that you may have come across is that many of the screenshots have hotspots, so that clicking on one area of the image brings you to a specific help topic, as shown in the example of the right.




The footer of each help topic contains information about the topic number, the date when the topic was last modified, and a link to the online version of this same topic.



Each topic number is unique and is the best way of referring to a topic when communicating with technical support. The title of a topic, or its position in the navigation hierarchy, might change from one version of the help file to the next, but the topic number is unique, and never changes.


If someone provides you a topic number, then you can use it to jump directly to a help topic.


The date last updated is the date when the topic was last modified (you can always view the most recent version of the current help topic by clicking on the online version of this topic link).