RE: Context-sensitive HTML Help for .NET application

Subject: RE: Context-sensitive HTML Help for .NET application
From: <laura_johnson -at- agilent -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2006 13:21:09 -0600

We do something similar to what Sarah describes, except that I provide index keys rather than topic file names to the developers. I use the normal RoboHelp index features to connect the keys to my topics. We chose this method (rather than Sarah's method) because it gives us a little bit of indirection: if I initially thought I was going to have two topics tied to two different dialog boxes, but then I decided one topic would do for both, I can make that change (by editing my index) without involving the developers.

Somewhere in all that documentation on, there's a list of the different mechanisms you can choose from (topic filename, index keyword, and I think there were a couple more). I can't find it right now, though.

Laura Johnson
Learning Products Engineer
Agilent Technologies
Loveland, Colorado

-----Original Message-----
From: Sarah Davies [mailto:Sarah -dot- Davies -at- macrovision -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 3:17 AM
To: peg217 -at- rcn -dot- com
Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Context-sensitive HTML Help for .NET application

>I'm new to creating HTML Help, and not sure how to accomplish
>context-sensitive help for a .NET application.

We also create .CHMs with RoboHELP X5 for .NET applications. I give the
developers the names of the individual topic .HTM files within my Help
file, and they use those as the "keywords" to create the
context-sensitive help.

For example, the Select Files window in the application might have a
link to Product.chm > SelectFiles.htm. (I don't know exactly how the
links are implemented because I don't know C#, but presumably your
developer has done this before, from what you say.)

It's not the most elegant solution, and requires a little more time than
generating a file of MapIDs, but it does work. If anybody does have a
better method than this, I'd love to hear it.



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