doc to help theory

Subject: doc to help theory
From: Virginia Lawrence <vlawrence -at- EARTHLINK -dot- NET>
Date: Wed, 29 May 1996 22:28:55 -0700

Angela asked about Doc to help--

Yes, I agree that starting from Word 7, then using RoboHelp is good. I
started quickly with RoboHelp, but had big problems with Doc-to_Help.

RoboHelp compiles rather quickly on a Pentium, so that you can compile, see
the errors, fix, compile again. In contrast, I read on a CompuServe forum
that a help file taking 5 minutes to compile with RoboHelp will take 8 hours
with Doc-to_Help. No thanks.

With RoboHelp, I need only 1-2 days to convert a completed 200 page manual
to Windows help, setting up context-sensitive screens, but not fields. That
includes about 220 topics, some hot graphic buttons, and a decent index.
Otherwise, nothing fancy. RoboHelp is great.

I don't see any particular problem in maintaining context sensitive help. In
my experience, all you need is a topic for each context (field or screen,
whichever depth you prefer). RoboHelp then optionally provides the context
string map for the programmer to use when s(he) compiles the complete program.

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