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Subject:Re: Intergraph help format? From:"Wing, Michael J" <mjwing -at- INGR -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 20 Aug 1997 13:35:38 -0500
Because you said MicroStation for DOS, I'm guessing that the help format
is MDL (Microstation Development Language). This was the help that
required that Tracking be set on in order to view help on dialog boxes.
Bentley produced the help files for MicroStation itself. I think that
they still do it in MDL. However, if you are using an Intergraph
product built on MicroStation (such as MGE), the help was generated in
CLIX with a home-made documentation tool (I/WRITE which is a tagged
ASCII formt). The help was then translated to MDL format.
When MS was available on NT/Win95, the Intergraph help was converted to
WinHelp. However, I'm not sure of the MicroStation help. The DOS-based
products are a few years old (everything is on NT now). I didn't get to
work with them. I've been documenting our object-oriented products.
Therefore, my experience with MS-based applications is limited.
"But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good"
-- Paul (1 TH 5:21)
> Hi all,
> We have a series of MIF filters from Bentley that translate MIF files
> creating a resource file for MicroStation's help calls. (They also
> Word filters, which I could use if necessary.) I have the RTF /
> translation working more or less smoothly. (No thanks to the nearly
> non-existent documentation!)
> This means we have context-sensitive help in MicroStation 95 for
> They also have translators to a format which 'Intergraph help' uses.
> help system used by MicroStation for DOS, and a few other operating
> systems). Now, I had to do a lot of tweaking in WinHelp to fix up the
> windows files, and I was hoping to do the same for DOS. BUT we can't
> the Ihelp files, can't understand the coding system, and don't know
> how to
> fix them.
> Bentley is no help, and I couldn't find anything on Intergraph's site
> the help format.
> Has anyone ever used Intergraph help? Is there an editing tool? Some
> of document which explains the formatting?
> TIA, Ginna
> Ginna Watts - Technical Writer
> Pacific International Mapping Corp.
> gwatts -at- pim -dot- bc -dot- ca
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