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7/27/2009 5:49:53 AM
Is it possible to make the F1 Help more object aware
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Visual Studio 2008 SP1
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Is there any way to make the Visual Studio 2008 help system more object aware when querying a property?
Let me explain. In good old fashioned VB6, if I create a winsock control, and type winsock1.close and then highlight the close and hit f1, it brings up the help for the close property for a winsock control - and not the close property for files, or serial ports, or anything else. The help system is intelligent enough to look back at the object type. Or if the property is so generic that everything has it, it brings up the generic help and an applies to list.
This does not seem to be the case in Visual Studio 2008. I cannot count the number of times I have typed object.property, highlighted the property and tapped F1, to be presented with that property from a totally unrelated object type which is inherently different. It is like it finds the first instance of that property name in the help system and spews that back. So then I swear profusely, enter the object name in the search, get the object, scroll to the property, and click on it.
Is there no way to make the help system as intelligent as it was back in the VB6 days. I know VB6 sucks compared to Visual Studio 2008, but that was one thing they had correct! Or am I missing something basic (pun intended) here?
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on 8/10/2009 at 3:31 PM
Hi, Thank you for your input. VS2008 is not being rev'd to provide any improvements for the help experience. The good news is that much effort is being invested in VS2010 for Help. You'll see many changes, including F1 search relevance. Our efforts are working across all the product teams to identify unique keywords for the F1 index. Doing this should help target the right information, or at least narrow it down significantly.
on 7/28/2009 at 2:37 AM
Thanks for reporting this issue. We are routing this suggestion to the product unit who works on that specific feature area. The team will review this suggestion and make a decision on whether they will fix it or not for the next release.
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