natural language queries

Subject: natural language queries
From: Justin Kelley <justin -dot- kelley -at- revit -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2000 18:11:47 -0500

Does anyone have experience with enabling natural language queries in their
help systems? Or have experience with tools that enable it. I create
htmlhelp for my product.

Right now I'm examining a tool made by WexTech (Doc-to-Help) called
AnswerWorks. It works pretty well but there's a lot of files that need to be
distributed with it for it to work on an end users system. My engineering
manager likes the idea but he's concerned by all the dlls being installed
the windows system 32 directory. He wants to be sure they won't cause
incompatibilities with other Windows software programs.

Also, does anyone know if Microsoft distributes their natural language query
capability as a .dll or an open API to include in your product's help
system. For example, in Microsoft Word Help, you can use an Answer Wizard.

Justin Kelley
Sr. Tech Writer
Revit Technology Corp.

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