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Subject:Re: WinHelp 4.0 is a pain From:Roy Jacobsen <Roy_Jacobsen -dot- GPS -at- GPS -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 28 Aug 1996 10:51:47 EDT
Matt Danda said:
"Is it just me, or do you think that the "new and improved" WinHelp 4.0 is much
more difficult to design than WinHelp for Win3.1?"
I say: There are more tools at our disposal, and they are more complex, so yes,
to that extent it is more difficult. Difficulty is not necessarily a Bad Thing.
[deletia]". . . development seems to require a much more technical mind-set,
more planning and organization, and much less creativity."
I say: More technical mind-set? Maybe. More planning and organization? Is
planning and organization bad? Much less creativity? Not on your life. I found
WinHelp 3.1 to be more restrictive in that respect.
"For instance, rather than designing your own Contents screen as in Windows
3.1, you now have to use the Microsoft Contents format,. . ."[more deletia]
I say: Matt, you don't HAVE TO use the MS Contents format. You can still
specify a topic of your own design as the Contents screen. If you don't supply
a .CNT file, nothing bad happens.
"Sorry, but I just spent all day trying to make sense of .h, .hm, and .hh files
in order to implement the supposedly simple What's This Help for our system.
Read all the Help manuals at least 3 times, tried a thousand variations of
topic names, recompiled and tested the Help file dozens of times, recompiled
and edited the Visual C++ source code several times, and still no luck.
I say: Now THAT I can relate to! Hooking help and the application can be a
Senior Technical Writer
Great Plains Software
rjacobse -at- gps -dot- com
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