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Can I 'serve' help for authors in a custom left panel in the XML editor?


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Is it possible to use a custom panel as a browser to provide help for the writers when using the editor? If I author the custom help in DITA in AEM and generate in any one of the formats available, can I add a (?) icon to the left navigation that opens the panel with a search bar and the TOC for 'how do I' help for authors? Is there any guidance for this type of customization aside from how to add the icon?

Having to send writers to the AEM site to see the generic help to use the editor, and then to another location to see the customized authoring guide is not ideal. Having the help topics integrated into the editor would be better. How do other companies handle the integration of their custom authoring help wikis or sites into the tool? 


What I'm thinking is a solution like this one - https://experienceleaguecommunities.adobe.com/t5/experience-manager-guides/publishing-customizing-th... that allows you to preview sites content in the Output tab, but I'd override the default publishing generation location with 'newOutputPath = location of my help panel'. However, I'm not sure what that location specification should look like and if it is even possible. 

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Level 5

Hi @syeshin1 

This is on our roadmap. You can also check the newly released guides extension framework and the kb article that explains how a similar use case can be implemented. 

[1] https://experienceleague.adobe.com/docs/experience-manager-guides-learn/tutorials/release-info/relea...

[2] https://experienceleague.adobe.com/docs/experience-manager-guides-learn/tutorials/knowledge-base/kb-...