Re: Exporting RoboHelp (HTML Help) Files to Arbortext

Subject: Re: Exporting RoboHelp (HTML Help) Files to Arbortext
From: Bill Lawrence <lawrence -at- mayaviz -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2005 08:13:52 -0500


Actually, I've done it once. The latest version of RoboHelp has export/import filters that they call "handlers." Frankly, they aren't very robust, but they will produce XML of a sort. The most comprehensive XML output handler supports the Docbook DTD, and produces valid but rather brain-dead Docbook output. My suggestion would be to either to write out the files as Docbook or use Tidy to convert the HTML output of RoboHelp into clean XHTML. From either of those formats, you can transform the RoboHelp output to your mil-spec DTD. This will require someone who can write XSLT and can understand DTDs. If you don't have someone like that on board, write me directly and I can recommend a consultant.

Yes, Arbortext does support HTML Help output, but it is I believe dependent on what DTD you use. Contact Arbortext directly.

If you've been following the "death of RoboHelp" discussion, you've heard that most of the RoboHelp team left Macromedia and now have their own company called Madcap. Their new product, Flare, is supposed to be both an XML publishing system and a general purpose help authoring system. I would be that they will have fairly good RoboHelp import capability, given who they are. This might be the most pain-free approach. I believe they are at

You can write to them, but I don't know if they will reply. They haven't replied to my email.



Teri wrote:

Does anyone have experience exporting RoboHelp files (HTML Help) into Arbortext? Primarily, our client requires XML files using an external DTD. We are using mil standards. Also, does Arbortext support online Help? Thank you.


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