Re: Offtopic: Need help from a WinHelp expert

Subject: Re: Offtopic: Need help from a WinHelp expert
From: Chuck Martin <cmartin -at- SEEKERSOFT -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 11:01:44 -0700

It is not that you are trying to use the wrong Help compiler, it is that
earlier versions of HCW (the actual filename of the compiler is HCRTF.EXE)
cannot read Word 97's RTF, which has been updated.

The latest version of HCW/HCRTF is available at Microsoft's web site.
Download that and you will be able to compile without difficulty. (I'm
sorry I don't have the URL handy; you can try to find it at the MS site, or
I believe the Winwriters ( and KnowWare (
sites have links directly to the updated complier page.)

At 10:50 AM 8/8/97 -0500, you wrote:
>Sorry in advance for this "tools" topic. I just gotta have some info real
>soon, and I know there are some WinHelp experts on this list. Please
>respond offline.
>Can someone tell me the name of the WinHelp compiler executable? I'm
>writing a VB application and want to hook in help but can't find the darned
>compiler. (I haven't created WinHelp for a few years, so I'm behind.) I've
>been trying to use Microsoft's Help Compiler Workshop (HCW), but it keeps
>yakking that it can't read my .RTF file, which I created using Word 97 and
>stored in both Word 97 native format (RTF) and saved it to "real" RTF
>(what's the difference?) as well.
>I don't have a WinHelp help file creation tool other than me-and-my-RTF,
>which isn't working so well. I even tried pulling my stuff into WordPad and
>saving as RTF, and the HCW still yakked. Makes me think there's nothing
>wrong with the RTF but everything wrong with the HCW. Is there any WinHelp
>help file creation shareware available?
>kolberg -at- actamed -dot- com
>kris -at- olberg -dot- com

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