4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 30, 2013 12:56 AM by Peter Grainge

    Can I create a "Word Help" style help system using RH?

    jeffc2010 Level 1

      I'm using RH v9. Can I publish a "word help" style help system using RH? Is it a chm?  See the inserted screen shot. I would like my help system to look like this with the controls and search in a toolbar across the top and no ToC frame on the left.

       

       

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        • 1. Re: Can I create a "Word Help" style help system using RH?
          Peter Grainge Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)

          It is a far cry from a CHM. It is a system that Microsoft threw an army of developers at. Chat nicely to yours and see what they will do.

           

          Try using that system for a while and getting an answer to a tricky question. Time how long before you are screaming for access to a TOC.

           

          I am opening help in Word 2010 by pressing F1 and getting a TOC. How are you accessing it? You could open your help without the TOC at context sensitive level without the TOC and let users access it when required.

           


          See www.grainge.org for RoboHelp and Authoring tips

           

           

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          • 2. Re: Can I create a "Word Help" style help system using RH?
            MM Acton Level 1

            Pete said, "Try using that system for a while and getting an answer to a tricky question. Time how long before you are screaming for access to a TOC."

             

            I have to agree with Pete. I find the Word help very frustrating. When I search for something, I often get a list of external articles, all of varying quality, which take me a long time to research. Or, even if I get a list of internal articles, it seems it would be much quicker to use a TOC or Index.

            • 3. Re: Can I create a "Word Help" style help system using RH?
              jeffc2010 Level 1

              I probably should have noted that my concern is about having a more "modern" look for CHM than robohelp 9. I started using the conversion from webhelp to CHM using RH 10, and i like the improvement. Now i wish I had more control over the webhelp template. However; i wish i had more control over the webhelp template. Rather than semi-modifying one of the existing templates, how do i create my own webhelp template? I see that some people have posted a webhelp template to use, so i guess there must be some instructions somewhere about how to create one. Can you provide any direction?

              • 4. Re: Can I create a "Word Help" style help system using RH?
                Peter Grainge Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)

                I doubt you can create a skin from scratch. Every skin I have seen has been a modification of what is supplied. It's surprising what you can do with different images, fonts and colours.

                 


                See www.grainge.org for RoboHelp and Authoring tips

                 

                 

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