Re: tri-pane Help

Subject: Re: tri-pane Help
From: Bill Burns <bburns -at- scriptorium -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 08:25:17 -0600

Understanding the different components of Help authoring - WinHelp 2000 can
create tri-pane Help that's not HTML Help. However, the WinHelp page is linked
to RoboHelp, and there's little difference between them, it seems. The
info -at- winhelp -dot- com, which is on the winhelp page, bounces.

It looks like only RoboHelp can use the tri-pane feature - but then what is
WinHelp 2000, exactly? There's no new Help compiler on microsoft's site.

WinHelp 2000 is eHelp Corporation's (formerely Blue Sky) answer for people who want the tripane layout of HTML Help but aren't ready to commit to HTML-based help yet. The DLL (which WAS RoboEx32.dll--dunno what it is now) can be used in any WinHelp project, as long as you know which routines to register. You can copy them right out of an existing RoboHelp project that uses WinHelp 2000.

Be forewarned, though, that if you're developing help that has to be localized, this DLL can be a mixed blessing. In previous versions, Blue Sky provided only the English version of the DLL, but they allowed people to localize it as needed. In this version, eHelp has provided their own means for a localized UI--the LNG file. The problem is that if you plan to go into an Asian language, you have to purchase another license from some other company to whom eHelp gave sole rights for localization. I'm not sure what the availability is for eastern European languages.

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