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About Scott's Blog

Welcome to my Blog.  This blog is primarily for talking about the overall plans we have for the Windows Live developer platform.  This blog is not a tech support place for the various Windows Live APIs.  That stuff is best left to the blogs run by the various product teams in Windows Live.

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    Fix for Help not working in May 2004 Community Technology Preview

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    After installing the May Community Technology Preview of Visual Studio 2005, you will quickly discover that the Help system does not work. You'll see a message that says, “Downloading...” Rob Caron has posted a message on his Blog which...
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    TechEd 2004 in San Diego

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    I arrived in San Diego this afternoon for TechEd 2004. Today was the conference start. The main conference gets under way tomorrow; Monday May 24th and runs until Friday May 28. Many members of the Visual Studio Core Help and Community teams are here...
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    How much Help content should Visual Studio install by default?

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    In Visual Studio Whidbey, the Help system will have the ability to perform a “scoped” install. Scoped install only installs content that is optimized for particular user types; Visual Basic developer, VC++ Developer, etc. Scoped install has...
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    Learn more about the Visual Studio 2005 (a.k.a Whidbey) Help System

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    Want to learn more about the new Help system in Visual Studio 2005? Check out my interviews with Robert Scoble (Scobleizer) on the cool new web site Channel9 . New segments of the interview will be appearing over the coming weeks. So far two segments...
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    Whats with the weird keyboard navigation in the Help Index and Table of Contents tool windows?

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    Do you ever navigate the Index or Table of contents using the keyboard with just a little mouse clicking? If so, you might have noticed that the only way to keep the selection focus on an item in the Index or TOC is to first give focus to the tool window...
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    How to fix Help Search in the March Community Technology Preview

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    People who attended VSLive and the Mobile Devices Conference in San Francisco two weeks ago received a copy of the Visual Studio 2005 (Whidbey) March Community Technology Preview. This Alpha release shipped with a configuration error that keeps local...
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    Fixing Help Search in the Visual Studio 2005 March 2004 Community Technology Preview Release

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    The March 2004 CTP release of Whidbey shipped with a configuration error that keeps local help search from working correctly. Here is the necessary info to fix the problem and enable local help search and local F1 functionality. Note: Online F1 and Online...
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    Have you tried the new help system in Whidbey?

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    It's been about 2 weeks now since we gave out the March Community Tech Preview of Visual Studio 2005 (a.k.a Whidbey) release at VS Live and the Mobile Devices Conferences in San Francisco. How many people have installed the bits and tried the new Whidbey...
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    The Mariners win their first game of the 2004 season!

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    You won't see me post a lot of non work related content to this Blog. But as a huge Seattle Mariners fan, I have to post a congratulations message to the Mariners for winning their first game of the 2004 season today against Oakland 9 to 4 in 10 innings...
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    Results of the screen resolution survey

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    Wow, last week was a busy week! I spent the beginning of the week attending much of the annual MVP Summit. And Thursday and Friday catching up from the beginning of the week. It was great to talk to so many MVPs from around the world and get their feedback...
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    Results of Screen Resolution Survey

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    From the beginning, I'd like to say a big "Thank You" to everyone who took the time to respond to my post with your screen resolution data. While this is not a scientific or even statistically accurate survey, it is very interesting to see what resolutions...
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    The pictures are fixed...

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    Thanks to Josh Ledgard, expert blogger, the pictures in my Help Toolbar post are now working properly. You no longer have to join the MSN community group where the pictures are located. Please take a look at the full screenshot of Whidbey Help and send...
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    How do I view the Help pictures?

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    In order to make the screenshots available on the web, I created an MSN Community group and placed the images there. Thinking that by making the group open, everyone could access the images, I linked them to my blog page. It turns out I was wrong. Even...
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    What should the Help toolbar look like?

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    I'm in the process of designing, or should I say redesigning, the Help toolbar for Whidbey. In previous versions of Visual Studio, the Web toolbar was the Help toolbar. In Whidbey, we have a redesigned Help system with lots of new functionality. I think...
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    Screen Resolution?

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    Over the past few days, several people on the VS Core team have gotten into a discussion regarding typical screen resolutions that people use when running Visual Studio. Its been about 18 months since the last formal customer survey was done. In that...
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    Welcome to my Blog

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    Hello, my name is Scott Swanson. I'm the Program Manager on the Visual Studio Core team who owns the Help experience. I work with Tim Sullivan , Saurabh Jain , Josh Ledgard and many other developers, writers and QA people to create the Visual Studio Help...
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