I've written a simple, business application which generates a report from information in a database. The only user input required are two file paths--one to a list of items to report on and another to write the report to--and a slider that picks how far back in time to look.
The paths are displayed in text boxes which you can edit/paste into or use a browser in the file menu to change.
The most difficult part is the input file. It's a plain text file with a particular delimiter requirement. If a user has even a bit of computer literacy, this will likely be the part that requires the most help.
How should I organize this small amount of information on a help form? I don't have closely enough related data to justify the typical Windows help tree, a scrollable list would be somewhat long and hard to navigate, tabs seem strange for this use, and I'm not really aware of another way to break up the data.
Do you have any suggestions on how to present this amount of loosely connected info? As a note, more in depth external help is also something I've created, but there needs to be an internal help system as well.
Edit: There seems to be a lack of clarity on my end. I am seeking a way to layout a medium amount of help information so that it is most usable. A tree structure is not appropriate as there are not clear parent-child relationships between topics. The only other layouts I can think of are tabs and a list. Neither of these seem right to me, so I'm seeking another opinion on how this information can be presented.