RE: Conference

Subject: RE: Conference
From: Paul Hanson <PHanson -at- Quintrex -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2006 09:44:18 -0500


I understand what you are saying re: uncertainty and the possibility that MS
will change their mind. I also remember reading the speculation that
RoboHelp is dead. I fully understand that this is a time of uncertainty in
our industry.

But I can't wait to see what will happen. Converting from WinHelp to HTML
*is* a matter of months for me. I have 139 WinHelp projects. The majority of
these projects are for .exe files that are programmed to call WinHelp. If
WinHelp is going away, I need to get "programming time" to get these .exe
files changed. Additionally, the plan is to add window-level access to help
as part of changing to .chm files. I also have to balance changes to the
system that are always landing in my Inbox. I am the lone writer so I need
to balance the conversion with other projects.

What I did last week, and finished yesterday, is to take a couple of baby
steps. There are ~12 topics that are used by 99.9% of all 139 projects. I
converted those 12 topics to HTML. I went through all my projects and
changed references to the HTML page instead of the WinHelp topic. I put
these 12 topics in a single .chm file, which I will have included in the

As soon as I find an easy way to access an .xls or a .pdf file from a .chm
file, life will be great. I found a solution that requires javascript to
build the directory path to the .xls file. I think it will work, but I
really don't understand why this code:
<p class="Body-Text"><a href="CABSBALW.XLS">CABS Balancing</a></p>
does not work and I need a solution like
ml/vsconOcxscriptslinkchm.asp just to open an Excel file... What's really
irritating is that if I don't compile the .html page as part of a .chm file,
the link works. I am thinking I will just distribute two .html pages outside
of the .chm file. These two pages will also <at some point> be available on
an internal web server so I won't need all that jibberish at some point.

I digress. Back to work me...

Paul Hanson
Technical Writer
Adobe Community Expert (ACE) - RoboHelp
Quintrex Data Systems
email: phanson at
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Subject: RE: Conference

2. Vista is a minimum of nine months away, maybe more. MS has plenty of time
to change their minds again, and again, about releasing the WinHelp

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