The software system I am documenting is very modular and can
be customized and packaged using different components for each
installation. I would like to create a modular help system for this
product that would merge about 20-30 CHM files at runtime. This
would allow us to replace the help when a specific feature has been
updated without overwriting the entire help system.
I have found a few websites that cover runtime merging with
files stored on a server, but since our software is installed in
factory settings, there are often strict limits on server or
Internet-based applications. I am trying to find a way to merge the
files that are stored on the local computer when the help is
started. I did find one site (helpware.com) that provides details
on how to do this using Microsoft HTML HELP Workshop. But I'm
having trouble using that method with CHM files that have been
created in RoboHelp.
Has anyone ever done this? Is there someone at Adobe who
might be able to provide some tips on how this might be done (if it
can be done at all)? I'm using the Tech Comm Suite to port my
content from FrameMaker, and would LOVE to use Adobe products for
building the entire system.