3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 13, 2007 11:05 PM by Peter Grainge

    Creating HTML Help Files

    cvs-steve100
      I was wondering if the following is possible with robo help.

      1) Author HTML help pages in word/frontpage or some other HTML editor. 2) create entire help system. 3) publish the entire help system to a folder on our web server so users can use it. 4) make changes via html and republish as necessary.

      Additionally, can I import prior versions of robohelp files (chm) into the new version to work with the above scenario.

      Thanks!

      Steve
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        • 1. Re: Creating HTML Help Files
          Peter Grainge Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)
          Welcome to the forum.

          RH allows you to use any other editor you want but at the expense of losing some of its features. Dropdowns are lost. The simple method of creating links is lost. I would avoid using Word as it creates problems with the HTML. By all means use Word as your editor, assuming you want all sorts of problems to deal with when you put the webhelp on the server.

          You can create the whole help system using an external editor but like I said, you lose the ease of use.

          If your last paragraph means can you open a project from an earlier version into a later version, yes you can. Or are you wanting to start from the CHM itself? If so see the Reverse Engineering topic on my site.

          You've put in a link for people to email you but we tend to discourage that except where a behind the scenes exchange is needed to sort out some issues or exchange files. Simply because it prevents others from seeing the answer and learning from it.

          • 2. Re: Creating HTML Help Files
            cvs-steve100 Level 1
            thanks peter!

            Once it is up and running can I have, non-robo help experts, modify the help program as items in the program the help file supports change? Or, does the robo 'guru' receive the changes and republish? In other words, does robo help have to be used to make the changes after the system is up and running? Does that make sense?
            • 3. Re: Creating HTML Help Files
              Peter Grainge Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)
              As things change in your software, can anyone change the content without using RoboHelp or does RH have to be used, is the question I read.

              RH has to be used. The source files and the output files are different to start with and only you have the source. Also only RH must be used to change those source files, for the most part. You can use text editor to make small content changes but generally you need RH.

              There are some programs around that allow people to edit website content but that doesn't fit with the source file / target file setup.

              I don't think any HAT allows end user or SME editing. There is some stuff on my site about Reviewing and you can use Contribute with some modifications but I doubt that is what you will want.