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Subject: Re: DOCBOOK: DocBook to WinHelp

On Tue, 12 Sep 2000, Bernd Kreimeier wrote:

> DocBook is under consideration for a cross platform
> project over here. The Win32 group wants to generate 
> WinHelp files. I have found no documentation or mention 
> whatsoever with respect to this, is it safe to conclude
> that this is not supported, and not available? Any
> workarounds?

Microsoft now prefers HTML Help over WinHelp. You can get HTML Help by
using XSL stylesheets (look at directory docbook/contrib/htmlhelp/) and
HTML Help Workshop which is free software from MS.

Stylesheets generate set of HTML files and project file for HTML Help
Workshop. Then you can use HH Workshop or provided line compiler to get
CHM file. This file includes compressed HTML files, images, ToC, index (if
you have used <indexterm> in your docs) and can be full-text searched. All
of this is done automaticaly. 

Browser for CHM files is standard component of W98, W2000 and above and
can be easily installed to older Windows. If you are not forced by another
reason to usage of WinHelp, I recommend you to use HTML Help. There is
ready to use solution.

  Jirka Kosek  	                     
  e-mail: jirka@kosek.cz

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