OLE and WinHelp

Subject: OLE and WinHelp
From: Ron Miller <RSMH -at- AOL -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 1995 17:52:03 -0400

I have a client that wants to use WinHelp as a document management system.
Yes, I have told them there are better tools for this, but they want to use
WinHelp because all of their users are familiar with it, so they don't need
to pay license fee or train their substantial user base.

That said, I used the Execprogram macro to run Word and open a document; no
problem. The problem is that their end users will have Word in a different
location--some locally on a hard drive, while others on a network with
different network drives possible--so I can't be sure where Word (or the
other executables) will reside or if it is in their path statement already
(which apparently is unlikely).

So, we were wondering if you could create an OLE link so that the system
determines the file type automatically and simply runs the program.

Short of that, we are considering hiring a programmer to make a program that
checks the Win.ini file for the location of each executable, then writes a
path statement that includes the location.

I would welcome any comments or ideas you have on this. If you know of any
third-party tools that would help me accomplish this, I would appreciate your

Thanks as always.

Ron Miller
rsmh -at- aol -dot- com

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