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    Creating Help Documents

    Does anyone know of some good online references for creating help documentation for a Userform or Excel Workbook? [img]/w3timages/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Re: Creating Help Documents

    Yeah Hans, sure does! Oh, by the way, you can incorporate links into your posts, check out Help, Section 17.

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.download.com>download.com</A> returned some fairly decent programs when I did a search for "Help Compiler" I'll post anything worth posting in the Software Finds section.

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    Re: Creating Help Documents

    *** Geoff W. URL Markup added to third link- could not find the other 2 links ***
    *** Hans P. changed two urls as the originally posted urls couldn't be traced back. For information on hhctrl.ocx: go the the microsoft support and search for hhctrl.ocx and you will find what you need to know ***
    Creating a Help file can be done in two different ways:
    1) in the WinHelp format (the well-known hlp files). For this you have to know a bit of Rich Text Format (RTF) files, help compilers etc. This is not really easy and I don't know of any good online references. However, there is the "Microsoft Help Workshop" that can be downloaded free from the microsoft site: New link
    2) in the HTML Help format. Creating help files in this format is much easier. However, it is not fully supported by oldier Excel versions. e.g. the way to launch a help file from VBA is by using the command Application.Help filename; this command in Excel 97 can launch HTML files and hlp files, but there may be trouble launching HTML files with the hhctrl.ocx. This is a known problem (see <A target="_blank" HREF=http://support.microsoft.com/>http://support.microsoft.com/</A>). Online reference for making HTML help files: There is a very good article on this by David Ringstrom: "Help Made Easier", that can be found on the officevba website:

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.officevba.com/features/1998/12/vba199812dr_f/vba199812dr_f.asp>http://www.officevba.com/features/1998/12/...a199812dr_f.asp</A>

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Creating Help Documents

    Best way is to create an RTF file with each help topic separated by a hard page break, and compile this file after applying proper RTF Tokens (#, $, K, ! Footnotes in Word) using the Winhelp Compiler, and then use the HTML Help Workshop Conversion facility to convert the entire Winhelp Project into Compiled HTML Help. This way, you can get the best of both, Winhelp and HTML Help with very less effort. You can deploy either or both of them.

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