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The decision on which is down to where the help will sit.
On the users PC - CHMs
On a server - WebHelp or FlashHelp
For calling webhelp, there is information on my site.
In addition to what Peter pointed out, note that there is information and examples that may help you out right inside the help system of RoboHelp HTML. Before looking at those, you might want to switch to Offline help by clicking Tools > Options... > General tab and choosing the "Use Offline Help" option. If you do that, then crack open the help and look at the Table of Contents, follow this path in the TOC:
Context Sensitive Help > Information For Developers.
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Thanks, Peter. Right now, it's on users' PCs, but I was looking into getting it from a server instead. We'll probably go with Microsoft HTML because it's more similar to WinHelp and maybe less headache for developers to figure out what to change. My main question right now is what to tell developers about linking the Help files.
Thanks, Rick! That should help a lot for context-sensitive Help. Is there any similar info in the Help (or anywhere) about linking the entire project to an application? I can't find anything.
I had the a similiar issue when I decided to switch from WinHelp to HTMLHelp (.CHM) over a year ago.
Our software developers use Delphi 2006 -- I found a web site that has some great info about how to get .CHM files working within the application. Essentially, you need to download a program called "HTMLHelpViewer" and add it to the application. There are instructions to do this here:
Scroll down to "Adding the Help File to your Application".
If you're going to go with compiled HTML Help (.chm), I'd suggest that you point your developers to the MSHelpWiki, which provides links to many articles on how to hook up a .chm file to an application.
There are variations from one programming language to another. So, for example, a C++ .NET developer and a Delphi developer may use different methods to pass help calls to a .chm file.
Thanks, Jessica and Pete! I'll try MSHelpWiki and see if the developers can figure it out with that info. If they use Delphi, I'll try the HelpScribble site.
Thanks for everyone's help with this,