RE: XP look-and-feel

Subject: RE: XP look-and-feel
From: "Robert Wisbey" <robert-wisbey -at- scitech-consultants -dot- co -dot- uk>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 8 May 2003 22:03:24 +0200

Issue 2 --- Why not run terminal server on the XP box and run a terminal
server client on the W2K box you work from. Take the screen shots either
in the terminal server session or in your normal session with the
terminal server window open.

Hope this helps.


-----Original Message-----
From: bounce-techwr-l-118026 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
[mailto:bounce-techwr-l-118026 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com] On Behalf Of Erin
Sent: 08 May 2003 21:53
Subject: XP look-and-feel

Issue #1:
I am writing Help for an application that will be loaded and run on an
XP machine. This XP box will have ONLY our application on it, and is to
be hooked up to a Machine; the Machine's operators will only be able to
look at and use our software's interface. Everything else will be
"turned off." There will be no desktop icons, nothing in the Start
menu, no access to the Task Manager or the Control Panel, or context
(right-click) menus... you get the point. No other software will be
loaded/accessible on the machine - this includes IExplorer.

Issue #2:
I am working on a Windows 2000 platform (as in, not XP). The
application about which I am writing will not be loaded on the same
machine that I intend to use to author the help. Don't even ASK me how
I'm going to take screen captures... digi cam?

Issue #3:
Due to "budget constraints," we were not able to renew our
support/license agreement with eHelp. As such, I am forever stuck with
RoboHelp 2002, version 9.2 (or some such...). I cannot upgrade at this

Okay then...

I need to make regular WinHelp look like an XP window.

I know that you can do this using skins with WebHelp - but I cannot use
WebHelp since the application will be running on a machine without
IExplorer. Is there any way to change, for example, the navy blue task
bar and other features of my Help window to look like XP, with its
turquoise task bar and big red buttons?

Failing that (XP users, please help me out here): if I build a regular
old-fashioned WinHelp file and run it on an XP machine, will it - per
(magically?) - come in looking like XP?

Heck - will a help file made from RoboHelp 2002 even work on XP?

Erin Cullingham
Tech. Comm. Coordinator
Linnet - the Land Systems Company
ecullingham -at- linnet -dot- ca

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