7 Replies Latest reply on Mar 20, 2008 2:38 PM by RoboColum(n)

    Merging help files,

      My co worker and I would like to each participate in creating a HTML help file but would like to merge them together, is that possible and how???
        • 1. Re: Merging help files,
          RoboColum(n) Level 5
          Hi awarg.

          Most definitely it is. This is normally done by have a "master" project that is in fact contains no topics but into which you place the "slave" projects that you and your co-worker will produce. You would just add the two CHMs into the master TOC and viola! Check out the RH help file in the first instance as it has a lot of useful info there. If you have any further queries, then post them here.

          You may want to think a little about things like context sensitive help, glossaries, links between CHMs if you need to use these.
          • 2. Re: Merging help files,
            awarg Level 1
            What are CHM's? I couldn't find it in a book I bought to assist with problems. I also don't know what you mean by "slaves". I guessed that we take an empty help project and just import the other two.
            • 3. Re: Merging help files,
              Captiv8r Adobe Community Professional & MVP
              Hi awarg

              A CHM file is one of the standard way of deploying help on a Windows desktop. CHM means Compiled Help Module. These are compiled HTML Help files. If you open Microsoft Internet Explorer and open the help system, you will be looking at a compiled .CHM file.

              CHM files as well as WebHelp and FlashHelp files may be configured as merged setups. As Colum said, investigate the RoboHelp help file for more. Oh, and before you try to do that, you may wish to configure offline help. Click Tools > Options > General tab and ensure the "Use offline help" check box is selected.

              Cheers... Rick
              • 4. Re: Merging help files,
                how do you get merge to work for WebHelp? Or can you? It works great for CHM but not for WebHelp.
                • 5. Re: Merging help files,
                  Peter Grainge Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)
                  You certainly can merge webhelp. The process is described on my site.

                  • 6. Re: Merging help files,
                    AJ Owens Level 1
                    Does RoboHelp support merged context-sensitive CHM files?

                    Currently we use WWP to generate the individual CHMs. To merge them, we update the alias files with ms:its redirects, then compile a separate merged.hhp project. If we switch to RoboHelp, will we need to continue this post-processing?
                    • 7. Re: Merging help files,
                      RoboColum(n) Level 5
                      All your CSH processing can be done inside RH, although some prefer to edit their map and alias files in a text editor.