Re: Q. RoboHELP and RoboHTML questions

Subject: Re: Q. RoboHELP and RoboHTML questions
From: David Knopf <david -at- KNOPF -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 13:03:20 -0700


Internet Explorer is required for "HTML Help," a proprietary Microsoft
technology that uses an ActiveX control to provide help functionality like a
table of contents, index, and full text search. "HTML-based help" is a
blanket term to describe any type of online help system that's built with
HTML files. You can certainly create HTML-based help that can be viewed in
any browser. In fact, you have quite a few choices there.

With RoboHELP, you can create nine different types of help, including
"traditional" WinHelp, Microsoft HTML Help, Windows CE Help, WebHelp (a type
of HTML-based help that is browser independent), plain vanilla HTML files
for publishing on the Web, and so forth.

Not sure what you mean about creating two different help formats for use
with the same application. Can you clarify that?

Hope this helps.

David Knopf
Knopf Online
Tel: 415-820-2356
E-mail: mailto:david -at- knopf -dot- com

Writing * WinHelp * Web Sites * Training * Consulting
RoboHELP Certified Trainer * RoboHELP Certified Consultant

| -----Original Message-----
| From: Technical Writers List; for all Technical Communication issues
| [mailto:TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU]On Behalf Of Rowena Hart
| Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 1998 12:03 PM
| To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
| Subject: Q. RoboHELP and RoboHTML questions
| Hi, another question for my learned peers:
| I may have the opportunity to purchase a Help authoring tool in the coming
| weeks. I have to produce help for Windows NT 4.0 and 5.0, as well as
| Windows CE (HTML-based Pocket Help).
| I read with interest that users can only access HTML-based help with
| Internet Explorer. My programmer buddies in the office would like to know
| if there is a work-around solution. For example, do RoboHELP and RoboHTML
| produce native HTML files that can be placed on our Web site and read by a
| standard browser (incl. Netscape)? Or are we stuck with a single, binary
| help file that is only compatible with IE?
| Also, can I produce help in two different formats, for use with the same
| software application? Or am I limited to using a single help format for
| each application?
| Your help is greatly appreciated,
| Rowena
| ---------------------
| Rowena Hart
| Technical Writer
| Intrinsyc Software, Inc.
| &^&^&^~~~

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