Re: followup to RoboHELP question

Subject: Re: followup to RoboHELP question
From: Scott Miller <smiller -at- CORP -dot- PORTAL -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 1997 12:37:44 -0700

>Has anyone ever had to use the programmer's map file to link to a help
>file? (I'm on hold with BlueSky as we speak....) Is this a lot of work?
>For the first time, I'm using the programmer's map file to link help. It's a
>weird way to work, but effective. Some important points:
>- The programmer's map file has the suffix "HM." This doesn't affect
>anything. I've seen map files with suffixes H, HM, and HH.
>- The programmer's map file can change. Then your help can be broken. This
>usually occurs when more than one developer is working on a project, and they
>assign a number that is already assigned. Apparently, this is no problem for
>the program's code, but it can be deadly for context-sensitive help. In my
>case,map numbers originate in a file called "resource.h." This is where you
>will find duplicate entries.
>- The programmer's map file includes all sorts of contexts that may or may
>not require a help topic. This means that pressing F1 just about anywhere in
>the program will display help, but if you haven't hooked up help to a
>control, an error message is displayed. Many of these controls are unknown,
>for example, how can you tell what the context is for something like
>"HIDD_FWEEBLE_DISLOCATOR?" In some cases, as a last resort, you can use an
>alias to map unknown contexts to a single "No help available on this item"
>Scott Miller
>smiller -at- portal -dot- com

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