Re: Building a Help System (HTML Files)

Subject: Re: Building a Help System (HTML Files)
From: Peter Lewicke <plewicke -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: Susan Steen <susan -dot- steen -at- lydiantechnology -dot- com>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2006 04:48:55 -0800 (PST)

Word or OpenOffice Writer could convert the files to
HTML, but both do a poor job in the conversion, so it
would be be a good idea to clean up the pages in an
HTML editor, or copying the files to na HTML template.
Arachnophilia (www.arachnoid.com) and NVu
(www.nvu.com) are two free HTML editors. Arachnophilia
is better.

It appears that there are two free HTML Help programs
Shalom Help
http://www.danish-shareware.dk/soft/shelpm/
and HelpMaker http://www.vizacc.com

There are many free help authoring tools listedon
SourceForge.net, But I don't know if any work yet.
http://sourceforge.net/search/?type_of_search=soft&words=help+authoring



--- Susan Steen <susan -dot- steen -at- lydiantechnology -dot- com>
wrote:

> Hello,
>
>
>
> Currently at my company, we deliver PDF files for
> all of your product
> documentation. The PDF files are distributed to our
> customer base
> through zip files or our Downloads site.
>
>
>
> The goal is to do the following:
>
> * Eliminate the PDF files and convert our Word
> documents into HTML
> files
> * Build an online Help system using HTML files
> * Integrate the HTML online Help into our java-based
> application
> * Use a freeware product to convert our Word
> documents to HTML
> files
> * Use a freeware product to create and compile the
> HTML files
> * Output the files in the same format as RoboHelp or
> Webworks with
> the traditional book/page structure
> * If possible, include Index and Search capabilities
>
>
>
> Questions:
>
> To begin, can anyone recommend the following?
>
> * Utilities or applications (free, of course) that
> can convert a
> user guide of 100+ pages into individual HTML files
> * Freeware applications that compile HTML help and
> output as a
> .chm file
> * Integration tips on how to integrate the HTML
> files or .chm file
> into a Java-based application. As a starting point,
> we want to deploy
> the entire Help system in the application---Context
> sensitive help will
> be phase 2 or phase 3 of this initiative.
>
>
>
> Any recommendations are much appreciated!
>
> Thx again,
>
> Susan
>
>
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