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Unformatted text preview: 81 CHAPTER 1 \z "HELPCW.DOC-1001" This chapter describes how to create and modify Help files using the Microsoft Help File Maintenance Utility (HELPMAKE) version 1.08. A Help file is a file that can be read by the Microsoft Advisor Help system and QuickHelp. If youve used the Programmers WorkBench (PWB) or one of the Microsoft Quick languages, you already know the advantages of the Microsoft Advisor. HELPMAKE extends these advantages by allowing you to customize the Microsoft Help files or create your own Help files. \z "HELPCW.DOC-1002" HELPMAKE translates Help source files to a Help database accessible within the following environments: u Microsoft Programmers WorkBench (PWB) u Microsoft QuickHelp utility u Microsoft CodeView debugger u Microsoft Editor version 1.02 u Microsoft QuickC compiler versions 2.0 and later u Microsoft QuickBasic versions 4.5 and later u Microsoft QuickPascal version 1.0 u Microsoft Word version 5.5 u MS-DOS EDIT version 5.0 u MS-DOS QBasic version 5.0 Warning \z "HELPCW.DOC-1003" The PWB editor breaks lines longer than about 250 characters. Some Help sources contain lines longer than this. To edit files that have long lines, you must either use an editor (such as Microsoft Word) that does not restrict line length or extend long lines using the backslash ( \ ) line- continuation character. Overview Creating Help Files With HELPMAKE Filename: 66e4df19c703262710341bea75cffc6ce1f2dc24.doc Project: Template: Author: Last Saved By: Revision #: 0 Page: 81 of 33 Printed: 10/27/92 15:11 A10/P10 Environment and Tools \z "HELPCW.DOC-1004" \z "HELPCW.DOC-1005" \z "HELPCW.DOC-1006" \z "HELPCW.DOC-1007" \z "HELPCW.DOC- 1008" HELPMAKE creates a Help file by encoding a source file. A Help file contains information that can be read by a Help reader (sometimes referred to in this chapter as an application). Examples of Help readers are the Microsoft Advisor or Microsoft QuickHelp. Help files have an .HLP extension. Source files for HELPMAKE are text files that contain topic text along with attributes and commands that tell HELPMAKE how to process the file. HELPMAKE encodes text files written in the following formats: QuickHelp, rich text format (RTF), and minimally formatted ASCII. Encoding compresses the text and translates the commands into information for the Help reader. You can control the amount of compression and other aspects of encoding. HELPMAKE can also decode an existing Help file. Decoding decompresses the text into ASCII format. Attributes and commands can be preserved or omitted during decoding. You can modify an existing Help file by using HELPMAKE to decode the file and then rebuild it into a different Help file. You can even modify a Microsoft help file by decompressing it and then encoding it with your changes....
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2012 for the course EE 3751 taught by Professor Desouza during the Spring '04 term at LSU.
- Spring '04