4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 10, 2006 7:41 AM by Sean Samuel

    Plug in style chm help files

    Sean Samuel
      Can anyone help me with my latest bit of Research and Development.

      Our latest releases of software are being designed as modular applications, with each application containing it own relevant help file.

      Can any body tell me if it is possible to create multiple chm files that can be included in an overall master chm file, only when a new software application is installed on a PC?

      I understand how to merge chm files but this works on the basis that all the documents are going to be installed on the PC, is it possible to include the help files when the latest software is being installed, i.e. similar to a plugin type of action?

      in readiness
      Sean
      confused;
        • 1. Re: Plug in style chm help files
          RoboColum(n) Level 5
          Hi Sean. Perhaps you can configure your application only to install each modular help file if the module is installed? If your master CHM was set up correctly, the user would be oblivious to the fact that they were missing a CHM as it wouldn't show in the master TOC. The only way I am aware of doing this is to get the application to check for licence keys and copy the relevant licence's help file into a central directory.
          • 2. Re: Plug in style chm help files
            Sean Samuel Level 1
            Thanks for the prompt response, Colum.

            Theoretically, that works, however if the customer downloads a further application from the internet, after initially installing the applications from a CD, will the internet downloaded application help file be automatically included in the master chm help file?

            regards
            Sean
            • 3. Re: Plug in style chm help files
              RoboColum(n) Level 5
              Hi Sean. If the master TOC has entries for three modular CHMs of which only two are present on the end user's PC, only those two are visible. If the end user installs the third module, which in turn installs the missing CHM into the same directory as the others, the master TOC will show all three modular CHMs. They key to master TOCs is the location of the slave CHMs in the same location. If they are there, they are displayed. Hope this helps.
              • 4. Re: Plug in style chm help files
                Sean Samuel Level 1
                Many thanks Colum

                I will give it a try !