RE: Microsoft's plans for Vista Help

Subject: RE: Microsoft's plans for Vista Help
From: "Jim Shaeffer" <jims -at- spsi -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2006 08:59:35 -0400

This shouldn't have come as a shock. Windows Vista Help was never
announced as being available to the general Help community. It's not
even being used internally by Microsoft applications.
For the moment, it is exclusively for providing the Help for the Windows
Vista system itself.
Support for WinHelp, in one way or another, was announced and then
So, HTML Help 1.x is the Help technology sanctioned by Microsoft.

Jim Shaeffer

> -----Original Message-<snipped>----

> The recent post-conference commentary on this list has focussed on the
> announced deprecation of WinHelp and the future of RoboHelp, but I
> don't recall anyone mentioning the above "shock development" that
> Microsoft is planning to withhold Vista Help from the help authoring
> community. How and when was this raised/announced at the conference?
> Given the increasing number of hurdles being put in the way of
> hassle-free deployment/use of CHMs, would list members really concur
> that "HTML Help is still the way forward for those creating Help for
> Windows applications."?


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