RE: Suggestions for Online Help authoring tool for UNIX platforms

Subject: RE: Suggestions for Online Help authoring tool for UNIX platforms
From: "Sam Stuhlman" <Sam -dot- Stuhlman -at- w7optics -dot- com>
To: "Evanina, Steve" <sevanina -at- movaz -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, <tw_asks_u -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2006 08:27:08 -0400

In fact, Robohelp offers more than one platform that is supposed to work
in any browser. We've tested our JavaHelp only on IE and Monzilla, but
there is nothing tricky that wouldn't work somewhere else. One of the
shortcomings of Javahelp (as opposed to Windows HTML Help) is that it
doesn't handle the mailto: and external calls correctly. That's a minor

-----Original Message-----
From: Evanina, Steve [mailto:sevanina -at- movaz -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, July 13, 2006 9:12 AM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com; tw_asks_u -at- yahoo -dot- com
Subject: RE: Suggestions for Online Help authoring tool for UNIX

Hi Laura,
I worked with Hyperhelp in the past. I'm not sure if it is still a
current product. When I used it several years ago I think that they were
phasing it out. I believe that it cost way more than robohelp currently
The *.rtf files were probably generated using RoboHelp to create
Winhelp. If I remember correctly, the *.rtf and the rest of the project
files were FTP'ed to the Unix server where they were compiled with the
HyperHelp WinHelp engine. Rather convoluted but it worked. Robohelp was
used to maintain the source only.
Currently, we produce context sensitive JavaHelp that runs on the Unix
servers. If in fact these *.rtf files were produced using RoboHelp
(WinHelp) then RoboHelp X5 (or even earlier versions) should be able to
read (import) the entire project. You could then set your target for
JavaHelp recompile and FTP to your Unix server.
FWIW - Sun does not charge for the JavaHelp engine.
Message: 15
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2006 07:07:43 -0700 (PDT)
From: Laura Chris <tw_asks_u -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Subject: Suggestions for Online Help authoring tool for UNIX platforms
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Hi All,

I am working as a Technical writer for a product based company. I have
to update an Online Help which is in *.hlp format. This is for a UNIX
platform. These help files have not been updated in ages and the source
files are in *.rtf formats.

I am looking at tools available to generate a .hlp format of online help
for a UNIX platform. I have heard about Hyperhelp, just wanted to know
if there is any other option available other than Hyperhelp.

Alternatively, I am also exploring the possibility of generating a *.hlp
help file in Windows and then make it possible to open and view it from
a UNIX platform?
I do not have the option of changing the help file format :-(

Can anyone suggest tools or ways to generate a *.hlp format on online
help for a UNIX platform?

Thanks in advance and looking forward for some good suggestions,

Laura Chris

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