The Help System

Old style dynamic help system

WebCenter uses a dynamic help system that checks for the existence of specifically-named XSL files on the Web Server in \Artios\WebCenter\WebServer\tomcat\webapps\ <WebCenter_instance>\help.

A Help link will appear in the menu of the page that has the same name as an XSL file in this directory. The content of a Help file can be anything provided it is in XSL and the file has an .XSL extension.

Note: Esko recommends the use of xmlspy® for authoring WebCenter Help XSL files. It is available from There are also shareware and freeware XSL editors available. You could also modify the sample provided using a text editor such as Notepad; do not use WordPad as it inserts its own formatting codes.

When determining if a Help link should be on a page, WebCenter looks for a localized Help file, and then for an English one if a localized one is not found. If neither exist, WebCenter does not put a Help link on the page.

New style dynamic help system linked to

Since WebCenter 12.1, a lot of pages (mostly in the admin section) use a dynamic help system linked to When a user clicks the help icon, context-aware help information is displayed. By default the documentation from is shown, but this behavior is customizable.

It is possible to customize a specific help topic, or to link a subset of help topics to a specific manual or page. The behavior of the help functionality can be configured in the custom folder on the Web Server.

Each help link has a topic (i.e. common/wc/reference/re_task ). The topic of a help link can be found by looking at the link address: a help icon always links to help.jsp?topic={TOPIC}&lang={LANG}.

For customization, the following options are available:


The system first searches in the language specific custom folder for a customized html file, if no html file is found for a specific language, it will search in the custom/help/all folder for that topic.

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