Re: Any open source help software tools?

Subject: Re: Any open source help software tools?
From: Bill Lawrence <lawrence -at- mayaviz -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 09 Aug 2005 11:34:02 -0400

Mike O. wrote:

DocBook is nice, but ultimately it's just another way to create html

(as far as help is concerned, anyway). DocBook can create a nice
tri-pane with TOC, index, and toolbar, but so far there's no easy way
to add full-text search. There are other open-source tools besides
DocBook that can get you to this point, but no farther. So far, there
doesn't seem to be a complete open-source replacement for RoboHelp's
WebHelp, which creates an integrated search as part of the build.
Sorry I didn't reply to this earlier.

Docbook can output lots of help formats that include full-text search, including .chm. JavaHelp and OracleHelp also have full-text search, and I believe Eclipse Help has that as well. The DITA tools can do that as well.



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