In SunONE Studio/NetBeans, there are some serious problems in the relationship
between the Help window and modal dialogs. We are using JavaHelp, and the help
window is a Swing component in the same JVM as the rest of the application.
The problem is this: When a modal dialog is shown, the Help window is frozen.
Yet it is not uncommon for users to either want to browse the help to learn
how to complete the dialog; also, invoking help from within a dialog is not
We currently use a workaround with some bad side effects; however, it must be
true that anyone utilizing JavaHelp has this same problem. A clean solution
would allow specific windows to specify (probably via client properties) that
they are not to be disabled when a modal dialog is shown.