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Custom help filters option in Beta 2 help? RRS feed

  • Question

  • In VS.NET 2003 I was able to create my custom filter using Help|Edit Filters and then use that filter in search. I can't for the life of me figure out how to do the same in VS 2005 Pro Beta 2.

    I've installed VSIP for VS 2005 (aka VS SDK) and would like to search on VSIP only. But there is no search filter available for VSIP and w/o any way to create a filter it searches on the whole help system. That returns hundreds of results and it's close to useless.

    Does anyone know how to create a custom help filter? Thanks.

    Saturday, June 18, 2005 5:16 PM

Answers

  • Hi Sergey,

    Thanks for your post.  In VS2005 we removed the Edit Filters feature because the vast majority of customers didn't use it, and those that tried found it difficult to use.

    We are working on a couple things that may help you:
    1) Authoring a search filter that will either come with VSIP or will be downloadable that will allow you to scope your search to VSIP content.
    2) Authoring a whitepaper on how to create custom search filters despite the lack of an Edit Filters feature.

    Sorry for the frustration this is causing in the meantime.

    Thanks,
    Jeremy Jones
    Program Manager, VS Help & Community

    Thursday, June 23, 2005 5:54 PM
    Moderator

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  • Hi Sergey,

    Thanks for your post.  In VS2005 we removed the Edit Filters feature because the vast majority of customers didn't use it, and those that tried found it difficult to use.

    We are working on a couple things that may help you:
    1) Authoring a search filter that will either come with VSIP or will be downloadable that will allow you to scope your search to VSIP content.
    2) Authoring a whitepaper on how to create custom search filters despite the lack of an Edit Filters feature.

    Sorry for the frustration this is causing in the meantime.

    Thanks,
    Jeremy Jones
    Program Manager, VS Help & Community

    Thursday, June 23, 2005 5:54 PM
    Moderator
  • I am very sorry to hear that these have been removed: my implementation of our integrated help system in VS2003 relies upon them!  Please keep us informed with the progress of the whitepaper on creating custom search filters; this will be essential to our complete migration from VS2003 to 2005.

    Thanks,

    Ed Graham

    Wednesday, August 3, 2005 3:26 PM
  • Yes, please bring back the ability to edit filters, or alternatively provide filter sets that are a better match for development patterns. For example, I'm working on a native C++ application at the moment, but keep getting deluged in C++ .NET results.

    A classic example of something very simple is just clicking on Sleep() in my native application and pressing F1, what comes up? Thread.Sleep in the .NET framework.

    The "Edit Filters" in previous releases was indeed difficult to use, and sometimes the indexing of content meant that customizing the filters was of little value, but it was much better than nothing.

    Perhaps a simple system with a set of checkboxes for different languages/technologies etc. to include and/or exclude would be sufficient, rather than the previous method.

    Regards,

    Gavin
    Monday, September 19, 2005 6:51 AM
  • I've been trying to set up a custom filter for newly integrated help documentation, and have been running into dead ends.  I found the article "Managing Help Filters", but seem to be having no results.  Is this a result of the inability to manually create custom filters in VS2005?  If so, are there any known workarounds yet?

    Thanks,

    Kate E

    Monday, October 10, 2005 5:01 PM