Recently I was looking into how to make nice help files. I got the MS HTMLHelp Workshop, but you have to make the HTML yourself. Does anyone know of a tool or system that allows you to more easily make structured help files, perhaps letting you not worry about the layout? I found http://www.helpml.org/ which looks promising but is still very young, and http://www.docbook.org/ looks interesting.. has anyone used either before and can recommend it or other tools?

thanks,
Posted on 2005-08-23 05:40:29 by stormix
I'd be interested as well - working with html help workshop manually is a chore.
Posted on 2005-08-23 05:48:55 by f0dder
Hmm.. what's wrong with creating it by hand?

Besides the main HTML pages which could be created in any visual html editor. There is only two files must be created: 'contents' and 'parameters' file.
If you create a sample project in hhw you could use those files as sample for you own. Takes only five minutes to edit them manually to fit ones needs.
Posted on 2005-08-23 08:14:43 by arafel
i just use ms word to create htm files, i can format it any way i like in ms word, though, i cant get html help workshop to work any ways.
Posted on 2005-08-23 22:36:16 by Qages
I use Microsoft Frontpage to generate my CHM files, it is a very nice interface even though the output is a bit bulky. There are a few instances where I have to insert manual code (ie activeX objects) but besides that it is all pretty smooth. It also does a nice job of setting up an index for the file.
Posted on 2005-08-23 23:55:35 by donkey
Another tool to generate Help files (also in chm format) is RoboHelp. I used it to generate the ObjAsm32 help file and I'm really satisfied with that product.  8)
http://www.macromedia.com/software/robohelp/

Biterider
Posted on 2005-08-24 01:01:33 by Biterider