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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
> 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
> * Build an online Help system using HTML files
> * Integrate the HTML online Help into our java-based
> * Use a freeware product to convert our Word
> documents to HTML
> * 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
> 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,
> WebWorks ePublisher Pro for Word features support
> for every major Help
> format plus PDF, HTML and more. Flexible, precise,
> and efficient content
> delivery. Try it today!
> Easily create HTML or Microsoft Word content and
> convert to any popular Help file format or printed
> documentation. Learn more at
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