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Migration of ABAP Keyword Documentation

You might have noticed it. SAP has a new cool Help Portal. Associated with the new look and feel is a new Contents Management System (CMS) that we internally call UACP (User Assistance Contents Platform) on which all documentation of SAP should reside. Well, the ABAP Keyword Documentation is a kind of SAP documentation too.

A small recap:

  • The ABAP Keyword Documentation is what you get if you hit F1 in an ABAP or CDS Editor in SAP GUI or ADT.
  • For this we have
    • a SAP GUI Version for SE80 & Co. that also can be called by transactions ABAPDOCU and ABAPHELP
    • an ICF version for ADT that also can be called by program ABAP_WEB_VERSION or from the SAP GUI version.
  • The main direction of this documentation is bottom-up (from F1 to more general).
  • But it might also be helpful to read the documentation top-down, from higher to lower nodes of the contents tree and without being connected to an ABAP server.
  • Therefore, a third version, the so-called file or offline version, is available for download from the SAP GUI version by selecting the respective icon in the documentation window’s task bar.

For your convenience and especially for referring to the documentation in mails or discussions, snapshots of the download version of the last releases were made available as part of help.sap.com‘s offer.

Now help.sap.com has moved to a new CMS. And I am happy to announce, that after some initial problems (the URLs are case sensitive now) the ABAP Keyword made it too. Here are the new links:

7.31 (including 7.02)

https://help.sap.com/http.svc/rc/abapdocu_731_index_htm/7.31/en-US/index.htm

https://help.sap.com/http.svc/rc/abapdocu_731_index_htm/7.31/de-DE/index.htm

7.40

https://help.sap.com/http.svc/rc/abapdocu_740_index_htm/7.40/en-US/index.htm

https://help.sap.com/http.svc/rc/abapdocu_740_index_htm/7.40/de-DE/index.htm

7.50

https://help.sap.com/http.svc/rc/abapdocu_750_index_htm/7.50/en-US/index.htm

https://help.sap.com/http.svc/rc/abapdocu_750_index_htm/7.50/de-DE/index.htm

7.51

https://help.sap.com/http.svc/rc/abapdocu_751_index_htm/7.51/en-US/index.htm

https://help.sap.com/http.svc/rc/abapdocu_751_index_htm/7.51/de-DE/index.htm

7.52

https://help.sap.com/http.svc/rc/abapdocu_752_index_htm/7.52/en-US/index.htm

https://help.sap.com/http.svc/rc/abapdocu_752_index_htm/7.52/de-DE/index.htm

As before, you can add ?file=… .htm behind the URLs in order to address specific topics (if you know the file names). From 7.51 on there is an URL-button for that.

A search field as it is available in the other versions was added to the portal version in 7.52.

It is not as cool as the rest of help.sap.com but “contents first!”

Please use the new addresses from now on.

There are temporary redirects from former help.sap.com but the direct usage of the above addresses is more robust. The 7.02 version was not migratd but is covered by the 7.31 version. The contents is mostly the same.

 

 

 

 

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      Author's profile photo Alejandro Jacard Plubins
      Alejandro Jacard Plubins

      Thank you! yesterday was hell for me as i needed to check something quick and the help portal failed on me........thank god abadocu is stil available.....but the first 5 mins of panic did not go away easy.

      Author's profile photo Jelena Perfiljeva
      Jelena Perfiljeva

      Google -> ABAP Keyword documentation -> not finding any of this. Any idea when this could start working?

      Thank you!

      Author's profile photo Horst Keller
      Horst Keller
      Blog Post Author

      Nope. I’ve prepared what I could, site map, robots.txt, but it is outside my capabilities, to make the pages available for search engines.

      Author's profile photo Osvaldo Lopez
      Osvaldo Lopez

      Did you config the google webmaster site?

      You must change and redirect the old URL to new URL.

      And... don't take it personally, but...

      I can not imagine what you (and your team) thought when they put the structure of the URL:

      https://help.sap.com/http.svc/rc/abapdocu_751_index_htm/7.51/de-DE/index.htm

      I mean:

      /rootsite.sap.com/what-a-hell/rc?/abapdocu_?_index?_htm?extension?/language!/index.html
      • Rootsite/ and subdomain are OK
      • /http.svc/ into an URL? very bad. 🙁
      • /rc/ why? a sub-folder? what?
      • /abapdocu_751_index_htm/ another folder!? ok, but put "751" only, and that maybe "ok". But with all that name: "abapdocu_751_index_htm" does not make any sense.
      • /de-DE/ language here? well... maybe accept that.
      • /index.htm finally the "index" file!

      4 (four) levels to get the index file... :shock_emoji: !

      An advice? Read a little about SEO and take advantage from the huge authority that has got "sap.com" domain.

      Regards

      Author's profile photo Horst Keller
      Horst Keller
      Blog Post Author

      "And… don’t take it personally, "

      I don't. Neither I nor my team (ABAP language) are responsible for that.

      I simply pass the HTML files to UA (User Assistance) ...

      ?