WinHelp test plans

Subject: WinHelp test plans
From: Alexander Von_obert <avobert -at- TWH -dot- MSN -dot- SUB -dot- ORG>
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 1995 22:42:00 +0100

Hello Ken,

* Antwort auf eine Nachricht von Ken Cox an All am 18.11.95

KC> From: kencox -at- user -dot- rose -dot- com (Ken Cox)

KC> I could use some feedback on how your organization tests its
KC> online Help (WinHelp) files.

First I produce a dummy help system. Every topic contains nothing more than
its ID. Using this file the programmers can test their help calls and I can
figure out which ID is accessed where.

During developement I add all IDs as search keywords. Some authoring tools
(e.g. the shareware program Visual Help) offer that possibility.

Another important topic is a clear, simple structure of your help system.
"Author lost in hyperspace" is much more serious than "User lost in

Finally, you cannot help but test all links as thoroughly as possible -
especially when writing context-sensitive help.

Greetings from Germany,

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