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How do I export a table to CHM or WinHelp?

I have a database table containing help information.

The table has 2 columns:


I would like to convert this to the standard Windows help format - either CHM or WinHelp.

In fact, I would like to get a standard help project so I can import it into a good help editor and edit it from there.

Is there any ready-made tool which is able to do this?

I need it to take a database or CSV, and convert it to a Windows Help project, or at least compile it to a CHM.


Monday, January 05, 2004

I think you could do something like this:

1. Import you data into a CityDesk file.
2. Generate a set of HTML pages with your help data
3. Use MS HTML Help Workshop to make a CHM from the HTML pages.

Keep in mind I haven't actually done this, but I'm reasonably confident it'd work.

Monday, January 05, 2004

Thank you for your suggestion.

I have found a different solution, and it works well:

For every record, I create a HTML file with the name <TopicName.htm>.

Then, I add them to HTML Help Workshop.

It works like charm.

I know very little about the help system, so I didn't know that in HTML Help Workshop, the name of the file is also the name of the topic.

Before, I have tried generating RTF by hand - and RTF is cryptic.

Monday, January 05, 2004

Since you have the data in HTML format, one other option
would be using this tool:

This utility that takes HTML and creates RTF which can
then be converted to a WinHelp file.

I have used it several times to create WinHelp files for
use with my Zeus editor Quick Help feature and have
found it works great.

Jussi (
Monday, January 05, 2004

Thank you! The tool you mention is interesting.

However, the HTML files can be compiled directly by MS HTML Help Workshop to produce a working CHM.

Monday, January 05, 2004

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