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user manual and online help

Hi !

I need to write an user manual for our application. I also would like to make this user manual available on the internet for our customers and also as part of the application help. Of course, I would like to find a way to write the whole thing only once and then produce a pdf an html and a rtf document from the same source.

What do you suggest me to use ? I have no experience with this matter....

Thanks !

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

DocBook anytime

Philippe Back
Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Help & Manual allows you to do that. You can output:

- CHM Help
- HLP Help

However I have switched to using Microsoft Help Workshop, which is free, and which worked very well for me.

My advice to you is to develop a CHM help file.

The sources will be in HTML format, which you can put on the web.

You only need to find a solution to transform this to PDF.

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

pdfcreator is a free tool ( based on ghostscript ) which gives you a pdf printer accessible from any app ( on windows )

Alternatively open office does a good job of writing doc/html/pdf.

As a help authoring system I use helpblocks - from the people who made wxWindows.

Martin Beckett
Thursday, April 1, 2004

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