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Using RoboHelp to Create Microsoft Help Viewer 1.0

Mar 12, 2011 10:10 PM

I use RoboHelp 8 and have been asked to create a Help system in Microsoft Help Viewer 1.0 output. Is this possible using RoboHelp?

The product is being developed in Visual Studio and they do not want the Help system to be in CHM format.

 

Thank you.

 
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    Mar 13, 2011 5:47 AM   in reply to dsarig

    There is no built in layout for this new viewer and I haven't looked at it or seen anything from RoboHelp users.

     

    If I were to look at it, where I would start is a very small RoboHelp project with less than ten topics and generate webhelp so that I had topics in a browser ready format. Then I would be looking to find out what needs to be done in Visual Studio to pull that together for the help viewer.

     

    I am not saying it will work, simply that as I understand it you need browser ready topics so you would use some HTML editor. Above would be how I would try getting what I wanted from RoboHelp.

     

    Good luck and we would be interested to hear how you get on.

     

    Good sources of information would be Rob Chandler's http://www.helpware.net and http://thirdblogfromthesun.com/

     


    See www.grainge.org for RoboHelp and Authoring tips

     

    @petergrainge

     
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    Jun 5, 2011 1:39 AM   in reply to Peter Grainge

    Just wondering if you pursued this any further and how you got on?

     


    See www.grainge.org for RoboHelp and Authoring tips

     

    @petergrainge

     
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    Jun 5, 2011 12:01 PM   in reply to dsarig

    Thank you, that would be very interesting.

     

     


    See www.grainge.org for RoboHelp and Authoring tips

     

    @petergrainge

     
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    Jun 6, 2011 4:03 PM   in reply to dsarig

    Hi, dsarig (& Peter),

    I've been charged with the same task - create an application's help system in Help Viewer 1.0 format, and not a Help 1.0 or 2.0 format. From my research I've determine the following:

     

    The basic steps to creating a Help Viewer 1.x format is as follows:

    1. Create your help system (or "help file") in well-formed, xhtml page format (this is preferred because xhtml best supports the Unicode characterset and the file is validated against improper tag-nesting issues).
    2. Encrypt (zip) the help system into a standard .zip file using any standard tool (e.g., Winzip), then rename the extension from .zip to .mshc.
    3. Open the .mshc file in your Help Viewer, which will decrypt and display your help system properly.

     

    That's about it.

     

    I'm also working on creating a digitally signed .CAB file, I'll post my findings if you're interested in that, too.

     

    Best regards,

     

     

     

     

     

    RoboHelp 9.0 | VS2010

     
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    Jun 7, 2011 1:11 AM   in reply to Born2TechWrite

    We'll look forward to your detailed tutorial on the subject.

     

    Thanks for posting that, sounds interesting and any feedback will be useful.

     


    See www.grainge.org for RoboHelp and Authoring tips

     

    @petergrainge

     
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    Aug 12, 2012 2:06 AM   in reply to dsarig

    I wonder if your cross project links would work if you created them in the same way as for merged webhelp, described on my site.

     


    See www.grainge.org for RoboHelp and Authoring tips

     

     

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