Active Subset option for HTML Help Viewer

Subject: Active Subset option for HTML Help Viewer
From: "Patrick, Ralph" <RPatrick -at- stk -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2001 19:34:14 -0400

Hi. My question concerns the HTML help viewer that appears in typical
Microsoft applications. In some applications, such as MS Developer's Studio,
the help viewer has a combo box (dropdown list) labeled "active subset" that
lets you limit index displays and the scope of searches to a specific
portion of the overall help system. This would be great feature for the help
system we are developing at my company, which produces an aerospace software
suite consisting of several modules. I would like the user to be able to
limit index displays and searches to a specific module if desired.

The problem is that RoboHelp (the tool we are using) doesn't enable me to
add that feature to the help viewer. I have contacted RoboHelp technical
support, which has promised to consider adding that capability to a future
release of RoboHelp. Meanwhile, I need that feature for an upcoming new
release of my company's software.

Has anyone else dealt with this issue? If so I would appreciate any
suggestions you might have, including (but not limited to) any sources of
information on this issue available on the web. I've done some searching
but, thus far, without avail.


Ralph Patrick

Ralph C. Patrick -- rpatrick -at- stk -dot- com
Intellectual Property & Documentation
40 General Warren Blvd., Malvern, PA 19355
Tel 610-578-1117 Fax 610-578-1001


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