Re: Looking for cost-effective online help solution

Subject: Re: Looking for cost-effective online help solution
From: Chris Despopoulos <despopoulos_chriss -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 01:16:39 -0700 (PDT)

You might try Microsoft Help Workshop -- Free!  (cheap)  I think it's based on using Word as the authoring tool...

For a very similar situation, I have made some tools that convert FrameMaker HTML output into something DoxyGen can ingest, and turn into your typical HTML help presentation.  Of course, I already have FrameMaker.  DoxyGen can produce straight HTML files that you could install with the product, and get to from the help menu.  Or you can use it to generate a CHM. 

Or you can try authoring the HTML raw...  It's not as bad as you might think.  Steal the TOC technique and icons from DoxyGen (it's open source), or find some other technique on the web. 


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