doc to help theory

Subject: doc to help theory
From: Alexander Von_obert <avobert -at- TWH -dot- MSN -dot- SUB -dot- ORG>
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 1996 17:11:01 +0100

Hello Sue,


* Antwort auf eine Nachricht von Sue Heim an All am 30.05.96

SH> From: Sue Heim <sue -at- ris -dot- risinc -dot- com>

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

SH> That's not true at all... huge help files that I've created
SH> using D2H
SH> compile in about 5-10 minutes (that's on a Pentium, also).

My experience on a 486DX4/100 with 16 MB RAM: 10 minutes for some 150 topics.

I have a love/hate relationship with Doc-to-Help: It is quite handy to use all
of the power Winbasic has. But Winword has defenitely not been designed with
online help generation in mind.

Just a small hint: Visual Basic (a 3-topic demo is in CICA as VH.ZIP) is quite
handy for prototypes. You can easily click together some kind of dummy help
system where every topic contains nothing but its ID. The indexing system of
Visual Help is quite handy during software and help developement:

- Programmers can check the help system calls.
- You can find where which topic is called.


Greetings from Germany,
Alexander

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