7 Replies Latest reply on Apr 18, 2007 1:09 PM by tojo45

    CHM to CHM jumps

    tojo45 Level 1
      Hello - We are moving to CHM helps from HLP and encounter the situation where if we do an interfile jump to open a topic in another CHM, the title bar retains the orginal help name, TOC and indices, and searches in the second CHM are not able to use the correct index/toc.

      A coworker has determined that using a Master TOC does work around this problem for her application, but i write for a suite of programs that may not all be included in a purchase. I don't want to maintain multiple TOC's if that's even workable, and I want to find out if there is a way to get around using a master TOC? I was hoping that opening the second help in a new window would solve it but my coworker says she could not get that to work. I have not had a chance to test that yet, and wanted to see if there are any answers, or ideas, on this forum as to how to resolve this.

      Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

      Joe
        • 1. Re: CHM to CHM jumps
          Brian.Mccaffery Level 1
          Hello tojo45,

          Check out RoboWizard's Tips and Tricks.

          Hope it helps,

          Brian
          • 2. Re: CHM to CHM jumps
            Level 2
            Joe,

            While I'm sure you can find the answer in Rick's wonderful help file, here is what to look for.

            You have seen that you can open a remote topic within the current help viewer but what you want to do is open another CHM, complete with all of its own navigation tools. The easiest way to do this is with a shortcut control. Direct the shortcut to run hh.exe - this is the Windows HTML Help viewer. Rick's file will give you more details. Implementing this will leave your current help window open as well. If you want to close the calling program, you would need a script to do that.

            John
            • 3. Re: CHM to CHM jumps
              tojo45 Level 1
              John / Brian - The Shortcut does do what I want to do, BUT, two questions I want to make sure I am not missing something about:

              1. For "the program to run" I inserted the actual CHM file name not "hh.exe". If I use that it does not work. With the CHM file name it works.

              2. The button it builds does not display the complete label in the compiled CHM. It does show it in the WYSIWYG editor.

              How can I make the button size larger, and is the "hh.exe" supposed to be in the "program to run" field?

              Thanks again for your help. I am much closer than I was.

              Joe
              • 4. Re: CHM to CHM jumps
                tojo45 Level 1
                Wait, I was using an invalid character it appears (ALT+0149). If I use a period vs. this bullet symbol the whole button displays.
                • 5. Re: CHM to CHM jumps
                  tojo45 Level 1
                  Brian / John,

                  I have resolved those last issues I believe, but with being able to make that secondary window open, it opens in a much larger size than I want. Does that have to do with the window class setting in the shortcut dialog? I tried a couple window "types" obtained from the Help, but didn't seem to have an effect.

                  Thanks for any help you can provide.
                  • 6. Re: CHM to CHM jumps
                    Level 2
                    You can define a size for the secondary window. Do this the same way you set the size for your main window - in the Window Properties.
                    • 7. Re: CHM to CHM jumps
                      tojo45 Level 1
                      I believe I have got the answers I need. Sorry for taking the long way around the block to get there. I appreciate it very much.

                      Regards,

                      Joe