DOS help files

Subject: DOS help files
From: Tim Altom <taltom -at- IQUEST -dot- NET>
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 1996 08:47:00 EST

>>We need to create DOS help files from Word .doc files. Does anyone know of
>>a program that can automatically generate the one from the other?

>This caused some confusion; allow me to clarify: We need to create DOS
>help files for a DOS application. The text that will be used for these
>future help files currently exists in Word v6 .doc files.

>So...if you know a program that will automatically generate DOS help files
>from Word .doc files, please reply to me directly. Thanks.

Connie, I'm still puzzled. There isn't any DOS help application. Most DOS
help files I know of are simply formatted ASCII files called and displayed
by the app. Or you can just write ASCII files and use DOS to display them.
You can do that with a simple .bat call. Or you might find a third-party DOS
help file app. But there isn't a native "DOS help file." There are, of
course, a native Windows help file app and an OS/2 help file app.

It sounds as though all you need to do is save your document as ASCII text
and then have the programmers work out how to call and display it. It looks
awfully primitive by today's standards, but it'll work.


Tim Altom
Vice President
Simply Written, Inc.
Technical Documentation and Training
Voice 317.899.5882
Fax 317.899.5987

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