Word and WinHelp, was Re: Word up

Subject: Word and WinHelp, was Re: Word up
From: "Tim Altom" <taltom -at- simplywritten -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 19:24:15 -0500

Paul Hanson asked:

> Is anyone using Frame to create .hlp files because the last time I
> heard, people were saying Word was better to use. <see quote below>

And I responded:

Word is even inefficient for WinHelp, I think. ForeHelp is much more robust
than any Word-based tool, and far more flexible. Word documents are
inherently fragile and, if the tool saves as Word docs, that fragility
remains. For example, I once used Doc-to-Help, which purports to be a single
source tool. My experience with it, while educational, was disappointing. It
depends on include fields to link documents together, and those fields are
breakable. On the other hand, if the tool saves as RTF, the file grows
enormously, especially if graphics are embedded. In both cases, time is lost
either through having to reclaim or rebuild the file, or from wasted cycles

waiting for the display to refresh.

ForeHelp, by contrast, operates on a database, which is extremely hard to
corrupt and confers much more flexibility. It also grows into a single
source environment very nicely. I see a good many posts asking how to
interface Frame and RoboHelp, WordPerfect and RoboHelp, and so forth, when
ForeHelp interfaces with anything that will produce a tagged RTF, and does
so impeccably well.

Tim Altom
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