gpe-what(1) context-sensitive help for GPE.





is a notification tray applet to control context sensitive help in the GPE Palmtop Environment.

The GPE user interface is heavily icon-oriented, and it is not always completely obvious what the exact effect of each button is going to be. On a desktop system this would be dealt with by "mouse-over" tooltips, but these do not really work when your pointing device is a stylus. GPE-What provides an alternative mechanism for interactive help.

GPE-what implements a modal help system for the GPE environment. It provides a "help" icon in the dock panel.

When this icon is clicked, the system enters "help mode"; normal UI is suspended, and the next mouse click selects the widget for which help is wanted. The help text, if available, is displayed in a small pop-up bubble. This mechanism much much more useful for touchscreen use compared to the "mouse-over" tooltips known from a desktop PC.

This manual page was written for the Debian(TM) distribution because the original program does not have a manual page.


This manual page was written by Neil Williams <[email protected]> for the Debian(TM) system (but may be used by others). Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 2 any later version published by the Free Software Foundation.

On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public License can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.


Philip Blundell



Copyright © 2006 Neil Williams