Re: Open a CHM Topic using a URL

Subject: Re: Open a CHM Topic using a URL
From: Mike Stockman <mstockman -at- mac -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 12 May 2003 19:10:17 -0400

On 05/12/2003 4:47 PM, Len Kirby (Len -dot- Kirby -at- pwrm -dot- com) wrote:

>How can I open a specific Topic in a CHM using a website URL?

The quick answer: Here's a Microsoft link that explains the URLs you can
use: <;en-us;235226>.
They appear to work only with Internet Explorer on Windows, naturally.

The real answer: Don't open CHM files from a URL. It doesn't work, no
matter how many knowledgebase and Web links to the contrary. If you do
get it to work, it will be so flaky it's not worth trying to roll out for
any product.

Instead, convert to HTML-based help, and use a standard URL that will
work with any browser and doesn't depend on Microsoft setting a new
standard that actually works. There are many HTML-based help systems
available if you don't want to roll your own pages, and most of them
(certainly WebWorks Help and eHelp's
whatever-RoboHelp-is-called-this-week product) allow you to open the
entire help system or just a specific topic as needed.

Hope this helps,


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