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    Using Word 2007 - looking for an easier and less expensive way to maintain help files than RoboHelp.

    Word documents are set up with navagational hyperlinks within the files, but we need to be able to keyword search across the documents. There's been talk of setting up a master doc to hold the inividual topics, but that worries me in terms of file size and stabililty. Should it?

    Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks!

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    [quote name='Char Fishburn' post='771793' date='22-Apr-2009 11:04']Using Word 2007 - looking for an easier and less expensive way to maintain help files than RoboHelp.[/quote]
    If you can live with the simpler formatting, you could install any number of free or inexpensive wiki products. If there is no need to restricting individual access to select employees, you do not even need "enterprise-grade" wiki functions. However, getting it set up to your liking will require an investment of time.

    As for searching across Word files, I'm not sure of the most effective approach.

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    [quote name='Char Fishburn' post='771793' date='22-Apr-2009 13:04']Using Word 2007 - looking for an easier and less expensive way to maintain help files than RoboHelp.

    Word documents are set up with navagational hyperlinks within the files, but we need to be able to keyword search across the documents. There's been talk of setting up a master doc to hold the inividual topics, but that worries me in terms of file size and stabililty. Should it?[/quote]

    If you are going to investigate a wiki as Jefferson suggested you ought to look at Windows Sharepoint Server (free as part of Windows Server 2003 or free addin for Windows server 2008) or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. A wiki is easy to setup and can be included in a search scope easily.

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