INTEGRATING HELP INTO YOUR SOFTWARE APPLICATION - CONTEXT SENSITIVE HELP
How to integrate Winhelp, HtmlHelp or JavaHelp into your software application? It depends on the development tool / programming language you use. C++ MFC, Delphi, Visual Basic, Visual C, Borland C++ Builder, Java, even Microsoft Access, Visual Objects, Clarion, APL, Visual FoxPro are some programming tools used by our customers.
You can use both .HLP and .CHM for context sensitive Help, this is fine for almost any programming language. The Context-ID (or Topic ID) for each page is simply the page number (the one you see in the box at the bottom center).
C++ / MFC
Connecting WinHelp to C++/MFC Applications (PDF document)
Connecting HTML HELP to C++/MFC Applications (PDF document)
© Don Lammers, Shadow Mountain Tech
The most recent Delphi edition does natively support both .HLP and .CHM, with context sensitive features. Please see the development tool manual!
For Delphi 3/5 HLP is fine, for CHM you can download this unit (click here), and add it to the “uses” section. Then use “Project >Options” to assign the name of your .CHM file as Help File name. Then insert the page number you want to call in the “HelpContext” section of each control (as you did for WinHelp).
Visual Basic / VB
Click here for simple instructions for connecting HTML Help with Visual Basic programs (text format).
© Dave Liske, Help Technology Center
Microsoft knowledge base article Q185498 about implementing HtmlHelp within Visual Fox PRO
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You can integrate HTML Help as well within Clarion, Borland C++ builder, Eiffel, Visual Objects and much more...
DISTRIBUTE YOUR DOCUMENTATION AS SELFEXTRACTING EXE FILE / EBOOK
You may also use the RoboAuthor native format (.AEH) to supply a selfextracting/selfinstalling .EXE help file to your users, please see EBooksWriter, www.ebookswriter.com
It is very handy to distribute documentation as .EXE ebook. Some benefits are: wide protection features; no external programs needed; automatic full text search engine;
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