RE: Anyone familiar with MS HTML HELP?

Subject: RE: Anyone familiar with MS HTML HELP?
From: "John Locke" <mail -at- freelock -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2001 16:52:03 -0700

Mike Stockman wrote, regarding opening HTML Help topics on a web server:
> In theory? Yes, according to Microsoft. I've never met anyone who could
> get it to work, however, and Microsoft's developer help threw up their
> hands when I showed them my example and said "Why isn't it working?" The
> trick seems to be creating a URL (that only works in Explorer, of course)
> that uses the ms-its: protocol. Microsoft refers to using the "new
> standard HTML Help URL" in their docs. Um, hello? Microsoft? It's not a
> standard if you're the only ones who know about it...

I've used the ms-its: protocol for opening pages within compiled help, and
it works fine. But only on your local machine.

I don't believe that protocol can handle dns or UNC names at all. So you can
only get to compiled help topics if you can map them in your file system
(e.g. to a drive letter). And then, you need to know the absolute path to
that file (which could easily be different on each user's machine).

No dice.

--John Locke


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