RE: CHMs, DFDs, and TGIF

Subject: RE: CHMs, DFDs, and TGIF
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Tony Chung" <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>, "TECHWR-L Writing" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 15:10:32 -0700

Tony Chung 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.

But CHMs _are_ Microsoft HTML Help (the .chm extension derives from
"compiled HTML"). They're what the Microsoft Help Workshop creates.

The deprecated help format is WinHelp (.hlp files). About the time Vista
came out, IIRC, MS made a bunch of noise about replacing the compiled
HTML format with a new XML-based help format, but that still hasn't
happened. Check out this MS Developer Network topic:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms728460%28VS.85%29.aspx


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
303-223-5111
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303-777-0436
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