Re: CHMs, DFDs, and TGIF

Subject: Re: CHMs, DFDs, and TGIF
From: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 15:04:36 -0800

On Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 2:10 PM, Combs, Richard
<richard -dot- combs -at- polycom -dot- com>wrote:

> 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.
>

Okay, get me on a technicality. HTML is used in both, only CHMs are compiled
by HTML Help Workshop. The "new" HTML help provides a separate help viewer
to replace the compiled system, because a security feature preventing code
execution from local file systems breaks the CHM. (Easily fixed by a
registry hack, but still... why implement security only to disable it?)
That's why I called the CHM deprecated, regardless of how popular the format
is.


> 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
>
>
I do like their online help viewer, though. That and Eclipse are probably
the direction we're heading. I echo Robert's complaint about Adobe AIR. I
only mention it because it's just another RIA option.



> Richard G. Combs
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Follow-Ups:

References:
in search for better tools: From: GILLIOTTE Valérie
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
RE: CHMs, DFDs, and TGIF: From: Combs, Richard

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