Trends in Help Authoring

Subject: Trends in Help Authoring
From: dan -dot- gallagher -at- pulsartech -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 11:33:37 -0500

Hi Folks,
Is it correct to assume that today's version of winhelp will be dead in the
water soon? I know my HAT (Help Authoring Tool) will need to change after
MS eventually changes their help compiler.

But my main concern is if winhelp is disappearing altogether and if I
should be concentrating on learning html based help (wave of the future?)?
A guy at macromedia (robohelp) said I can use html based help in place of
the winhelp I currently produce. Hence my question.

I'm not one that likes to make waves, but if winhelp is a dying animal I
would like to get ready for the change. The software people here don't care
how I make the help, as long as the customer can press F1 at any time and
invoke some help. They can reference to my help whether it's winhelp or
html based right? I also need to learn more about the workings of help, as
now I simply know how to use the HAT only (ForeHelp 5), I don't know the
process of it all.

Thank you all once again, and please excuse me if I made an error in my

Daniel Gallagher -- Technical writer/Graphic designer
Pulsar Technologies, Inc.
4050 N.W. 121 Ave. Coral Springs, FL 33065 U.S.A.
954-344-9822 ext. 243


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