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Thanks to those who replied both off- and on-list. It looks
like WebHelp may be my best choice after all for this project,
for several reasons.
In the course of my research, though, I found that while many
people believe you cannot serve a .chm across the Web, YOU CAN.
This link takes you to a site that explains the trick: http://helpware.net/htmlhelp/linktochm.htm
I originally chose to produce a .chm with RoboHTML 2000 because
of the TOC and internal link maintenance. The docs for the
software certainly do *not* make clear that you can't serve .chm
across the Web. When we ran a test -- BLAM! "Do you want to
save as an .exe?"
- we CANNOT load any ActiveX control or .exe onto a user's machine
- all users will be on at least IE4.x, no Netscape
- tutorial must be served from our product site
- tutorial must open in its own window, preferably another
- tutorial must contain TOC that is always visible
> Mon, 15 Nov 1999
> To: TECHWR-L
> RE: htmlhelp .chm becomes .exe -- help!
> If the application is really a website then you cannot serve compiled html
> help. If Help needs to be served across the Web and viewed with the user's
> browser, you need an uncompiled solution. Tell me what authoring tool you
> are using and I'll make some suggestions.
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