Embedding HTML Help into application

Subject: Embedding HTML Help into application
From: Frank Dissinger <frank -dot- dissinger -at- cgs-oris -dot- com>
To: TechWrite List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2008 16:22:22 +0200

Hi Edgar D' Souza,

Thank you for pointing me to Keyworks [*]. I think the
KeyHelp software could be a possible solution
(http://www.keyworks.net/keyhelp.htm). There is an example of an
embedded help window in their software named KeyTools
(http://www.keyworks.net/keytools.htm) which looks similar to what I am
looking for. It is the window that appears when you click on the "HTML
Help Registry" hyperlink. There are some differences, though:

* The help area in the dialog is not resizable (cannot be enlarged
to the right).
* You cannot click on the window boder to open the help area (you
have to click on a normal button
* I dont' know if the help topic for a dialog control appears
automatically when you move cursor on this control (this must be
programmed separated, I think)
* I don't know if it is possible to link from the embedded pane to
the CHM file window

I will ask the company if KeyHelp supports these features.

[*] I think the link http://www.codeproject.com/KB/winhelp/html_help.aspx
points to software code which seems to be a precursor of KeyHelp.
Its from the same programmer, Ralph Walden.

Regards, Frank

Edgar D' Souza wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 8:56 PM, Frank Dissinger
> <frank -dot- dissinger -at- cgs-oris -dot- com> wrote:
>> Is it possible to embed a Microsoft HTML Help (*.CHM file) topic into an
>> C++ application window?
> From http://www.clickstart.net/presentations/HTMLhelpoverview.htm :
> What is Embedded HTML-based Help?
> Embedded Help is Help that appears within the application rather than
> in a separate Help window. The first example of embedded Help to gain
> much attention was Microsoft Money 99. When the user selects "Help
> Topics" form the Help menu, the Money 99 Help attaches to the right
> side of the application. The Help offers tutorials, explanations, and
> demonstrations to help the user use and learn Microsoft Money.
> Embedded Help can be created for current version C++ or Visual Basic
> applications by embedding an Active X-based web browser into your
> application. The Help itself is created using HTML files.
> =========
> This looks like an old article, but hoping it and the zip archive of
> source code may be of help to your developers - modifiable to suit
> your needs:
> http://www.codeproject.com/KB/winhelp/html_help.aspx
> Apparently a zip with the same size, and a visually identical dialog
> screenshot, is also hosted at
> http://www.codeguru.com/cpp/w-d/dislog/help/article.php/c1853/
> Ed.


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