FW: The Death of RTF

Subject: FW: The Death of RTF
From: Jeff DeLeeuw <jdeleeuw -at- OZ -dot- NET>
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 1996 08:53:17 -0800

This message from the Winhelp mailing list provides additional details.

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From: Mary Deaton[SMTP:knowware -at- MSN -dot- COM]
Sent: Tuesday, February 06, 1996 2:03 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list WINHLP-L
Subject: The Death of RTF

At about 1:15 pm Pacific Time today, Ralph Walden, development lead for the
Windows Help group at Microsoft, told a seminar at the WinHelp 96 conference
in Seattle that by the time the next version of the Windows operating system
is released (Windows '97 in early 1997), Help will no longer be done using the
current WinHelp compiler or viewer and that Help content will be prepared not
with RTF, but with HTML.

Walden said that details are still being discussed at Microsoft, but the
intent was to produce a browser-independent structure. He could not provide
details on how context-sensitive Help, such as What's This topics in dialog
boxes, would be implemented in this new scheme. The new scheme will assume
HTML3 standards, but Microsoft will supply some proprietary functionality to
accommodate the context-sensitive environment.

Walden was unable to supply any other details.


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