Re: WinHelp Moving to HTML

Subject: Re: WinHelp Moving to HTML
From: Bill Bledsoe <bill -at- ENVISION -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Apr 1996 14:26:41 -0500

Gang,

We went over this when we heard it from the WinWriters conference in
Seattle. If all of you want to panic about this and worry how your WinHelp
files will change, please excercise your rights to do so. However, taking
into account that WHAT makers are already providing rtf to html conversion
utilities , I'm not fretting over this.

In addition, consider:

Microsoft's track record with feature switches like this
how many client desktops have not even gone to Win95 yet!

so... don't fret this one WinHelpers. We can handle the move from rtf to
html just fine. I'm confident in the whole group!!!!!! :-)

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From: Margaret Packman[SMTP:mpackman -at- CISCO -dot- COM]
Sent: Friday, April 26, 1996 12:54 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list TECHWR-L
Subject: WinHelp Moving to HTML

There's not really much to tell -- yet. Microsoft unloaded the bombshell a
couple of months ago at a conference, but has provided no further details
since. Everybody's panicking, but based on the Win95 history, it seems a
safe bet that it won't actually happen in mid-97. I just hope we don't have
to wait for "Win2000"! :-)

Here's the history:

>>Lisa Pappas, a speaker and pubs competition award winner at last
>>night's Carolina Chapter, STC meeting, mentioned Microsoft's new
>>intent--as she demonstrated her best-of-show Windows help product.
>>She arrived at the meeting directly from the airport. She had just
>>flown in from Seattle and the WinHelp conference.
>>
>>Lisa works at Mobius Group in Research Triangle Park, NC and I'm unsure
>>whether or not she subscribes to this list.
>>
>>-Mike
>>
>>Cramer, Kim wrote:
>>>
>>> Since I haven't seen this posted yet, I thought I'd share a "bomb"
announced
>>> at the WinHelp 96 conference earlier this week. According to a speaker
at
>>> one of the sessions, Microsoft has decided to move from RTF to HTML as
the
>>> "base coding" for help files. This is planned to take place in
mid-1997.
>>>
>>> I wasn't in the session where this was announced and I don't know
exactly
>>> who the source was, but it was the talk of the conference. If any of
you
>>> were there and have more details, please send them to me personally. I
plan
>>> to subscribe to the winhelp list next week so I can find out more from
those
>>> folks.
>>>
>>> Oh well, here's a new skill I need to add to my resume! And perhaps
this is
>>> the justification to move responsibility for our company's web page
from
>>> marketing to pubs (something I've wanted to see happen for a long
time)!
>>>
>>> *************
>>> Kim Cramer
>>> kcramer -at- ncslink -dot- com
>>> Sr. Information Developer
>>> NCS Education
>>> *************
>>



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