Re: CHMs, DFDs, and TGIF

Subject: Re: CHMs, DFDs, and TGIF
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 13:58:12 -0800

CHM is compiled MS HTML Help. HXS is compiled MS Help 2. The copy of
Office 2007 on this computer has 28 .hxs files and 68 .chm files, so
CHM is far from deprecated.

Migration from CHM to HXS is enough of a pain that most people don't
do it unless and until they're forced to for compatibility reasons.

I don't think any of those are great choices for Web-based help.

CHM flat-out won't work in many cases.

Eclipse help is great if you're using Eclipse Web Tools, but I
wouldn't use an "Infocenter" (standalone Web help) for a non-Eclipse
application.

AIR I know only as an Adobe end user, but I hate it almost as much as
I hate the FrameMaker 9 UI.

On Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 1:40 PM, Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca> wrote:
> I don't know what MS was thinking by deprecating the CHM in favour of
> Windows HTML help. CHMs work great for small help systems. HTML Help, and to
> some extent, Eclipse Help Center and AIR, are great for presenting
> standalone web-based help, with an offline cost of about 20MB for a run-time
> web server.
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References:
in search for better tools: From: GILLIOTTE Valérie
RE: in search for better tools: From: Mike Hamilton
Re: in search for better tools: From: Robert Lauriston
RE: in search for better tools: From: Ed
Re: in search for better tools: From: Robert Lauriston
Re: in search for better tools: From: Bill Swallow
Re: in search for better tools: From: Robert Lauriston
RE: in search for better tools: From: Ed
CHMs, DFDs, and TGIF: From: Combs, Richard
Re: CHMs, DFDs, and TGIF: From: Tony Chung

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