One help project, two developers?

Subject: One help project, two developers?
From: "Geoff Hart (by way of \"Eric J. Ray\" <ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com>)" <ght -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 04:56:36 -0700

Kathy Das gupta has <<...always been the only Online Help developer
on our project, and thus have been the only ones with my hands in the
Help. Now, I ... would like to assign the other online help developer
certain topics to revise. Does ForeHelp (and/or RoboHelp) allow me to
merge two versions of the same Help system? Or does it (they) allow
me to break up a Help system?>>

I can't answer the technical question of whether the software does
what you want, other than to say that you're supposed to be able to
include multiple Word files in the same Help file by referencing each
file in the project file. I haven't tried this, though; hopefully
someone else can confirm that this works flawlessly.

If your new helpmate isn't yet up to speed on help, you could try
something a bit different that should work just as well: get the
person to write the files in Word, then transfer them to you so _you_
can integrate them into the Help file. This avoids problems with
spawning multiple, out-of-synch versions of the help file, and lets
you do quality control of the new person's work. (If "quality"
becomes a sore point, you could mention that it's simply a way of
ensuring stylistic consistency in the files.) This is probably only a
short-term solution, though, because if the person is any good, they
may come to resent being "supervised" in this manner.
--Geoff Hart @8^{)} Pointe-Claire, Quebec
geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca

"Patience comes to those who wait."--Anon.


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