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>1. If you use a help tool, which do you use and do you like it?
>2. If you have used more than one tool, which did you prefer?
>3. Is Robohelp really the best, or just the most popular?
>4. Is it better to use a tool, or just code the help without one?
1. I use RoboHelp. It works well for me.
3. I keep thinking about Doc-To-Help, because I'm working in circumstances
where the paper docs and the on-line Help are _very_ similar. However,
unless you are in this situation, where one document could really serve as
your single source for both, I don't see a reason to prefer Doc-To-Help. As
people frequently point out on both this list and WinHelp-L, paper docs and
Help really do call for different approaches even when the content is
similar...and often it's not all that appropriate to use the same content in
4. I would strongly advise you to use a tool. It may be helpful to know
something about how the Help coding works, but I see no reason to add that
burden to your task unless you love it and have the time to spare...sort of
like having a loom in your living room so you can weave your own cloth
instead of buying your garments ready-made.
kwatkins -at- quickpen -dot- com
speaking for myself, not my employer
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