Re: Questions about help authoring

Subject: Re: Questions about help authoring
From: "Mike Hiatt" <mhiatt -at- vocaldata -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2000 18:15:11 -0500

But ForeHelp does let you import MIF files into an empty project directory.
I did it last week with a sample file and ForeHelp 4.

Before you can do this though, you will need to go to the ForeHelp web site
( and download the ForeHelp 4.01 update that will fix the
problem they had with Frame imports. There is no charge for the patch.

Once you have installed the path, use Michele's process to create the empty
project. They start the wizard again and follow these steps:
-Chose Create from Existing Doc Files.
-Choose FrameMaker (fm) Documents.
-Browse for the path to the Frame file(s) and select the file(s).
-Enter a name for the project and browse to the empty project directory
you created.
-Select the type of project it will be. (i.e. WinHelp, HTML Help,
InterHelp, etc.)
-Select your Import Options.
-Enter a project title.
-Click Finish in the project summary dialog box.

I've already decided I've got to play with the Import Options to get what I
want to happen in the help file. And I've got to work with ForeHelp
templates and understand them before I jump into this with both feet. But
I'd have to do the same using WWP.

Mike Hiatt
Manager, Tech Pubs
VocalData, Inc.
Dallas (yeah, that one)
mhiatt -at- vocaldata -dot- com

----- Original Message -----
From: Michele Marques <marquesm -at- autros -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Monday, October 23, 2000 1:43 PM
Subject: RE: Questions about help authoring

> After one person posted that the ForeHelp import wizard (in ForeHelp
> Premiere 2000/ForeHelp 4) is broken and won't import MIF files, a number
> people asked whether you can import into ForeHelp.
> The answer is: yes! And I think that if you follow this sequence, you
> miss anything that you would from using the wizard to import the file.
> 1: Use the Wizard to start a new empty help project. The Wizard does work
> here, and this will let you set some overall preferences for developing
> help file.
> 2: From the Insert menu, insert a MIF file. Check all selections desired
> the first tab, and use the second tab to map all styles desired to
> styles. This is also where you specify whether these styles start new
> topics, and if so, whether they also create index entries, etc. Even
> this isn't called a "wizard", it did not seem to difficult to me, and
> to be asking the same questions that I would see on the wizard.
> 3: Continue to develop/test/build in ForeHelp.
> --------------------------------------------
> Michele Marques
> Technical Writer,
> Autros Healthcare Solutions
> marquesm -at- autros -dot- com

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