Re: graphics in Help files

Subject: Re: graphics in Help files
From: Chuck Martin <techwriter -at- VNET -dot- IBM -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 1994 12:34:19 PDT


I have to admit, the first thing that popped into my head when I saw
your post was the question "Why do you need such large bitmaps?"

I would assume that they're not bigger than a screen, (?) but larger than
however you've sized your Help window.

In past and current Help work, I take all but the smallest graphics out of
the main Help window and instead create hypertext links. The pop-ups
of Windows Help are especially nice for this.

Another question: are you puuting the graphics directly into your
document, or are you referenceing them? I don't know if that makes a
difference in the compilation, but it sure makes a difference in the
source file size.

Finally, one trick for reducing the size of a bitmap: import it into the
Shed editor (the editor to make hypergraphics) and save it as a .SHG
(hypergraphic) file. The resulting file is quite a bit smaller than
a bitmap.

One post-finally note: I hope you're making multiple-resolution bitmaps
for your users who have monitors of varying resolution.

Chuck Martin
Information Developer, IBM
techwriter -at- vnet -dot- ibm -dot- com
techwriter -at- aol -dot- com
74170,2462 -at- compuserve -dot- com

P.S. Have you posted the same question on the WINHLP-L list?

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