Online Help in Windows: Old writer catching up

Subject: Online Help in Windows: Old writer catching up
From: pierre2 -dot- goulet -at- rogers -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2005 09:09:44 -0700

Personal Background...skip to Questions if you prefer.

I'm new to this list. I was a tech writer for 12 years before branching
out into other fields. After 8 years, I'm back to writing.

The last significant tech writing I did is a collection of user guides for
a PKI product line. I used conditional text in Frame to produce the
Windows, UNIX and MAC versions of the same user guide. It was very
effective and I dare say, fun. I have fond memories of that time. It was
around 1996.

I also used RoboHelp to produce online help for the Windows applications.
I only discovered RoboHelp having having "hand" coded most of the help. Oh
well, better late than never.

Anyway, the details are sketchy but I think we referred to the help
environment as WinHelp.


Is WinHelp still used? I've been reading the MSDN site:

site and apparently, "Microsoft HTML Help is the standard help system for
the Windows platform".

Is that what you use for help for windows fat client applications? By fat
client, I am referring to a win32 app not a web app.

Thank you



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