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How do you integrate help files into your application?

That's a frequently asked question in the user forum and in direct support.

The answer is: it depends on the application development tool.

We have put together several tutorials for help file integration with different application development tools on this page. Please choose your language:


Visual Studio

Integrating HTML Help with Visual Studio applications (.NET / WPF)

Rob Chandler has a comprehensive tutorial on how to integrate HTML Help (.chm files) with .NET applications in Visual Studio.

Author:

© Rob Chandler, kb.helpwaregroup.com

Web link:

.NET Application Help
http://kb.helpwaregroup.com/mshelp2/-net-application-help

Author:

© Microsoft

Web link:

The HelpProvider Class in the .NET Framework
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/System.Windows.Forms.HelpProvider

F1 help in WPF applications
Walkthrough: Hosting a Windows Forms Control in WPF

 

 

Visual Basic

Integrating online help with Visual Basic (VB6 / VB .NET / VBA)

One of the best resources for Visual Basic and online help is Ulrich Kulles www.help-info.de. The site is available in English and German and covers many aspects of HTML Help and VB, from VB6 to VB .NET to Visual Basic for Applications.

Author:

© Ulrich Kulle, www.help-info.de

Document link:

Help for controls with VB .NET
http://www.help-info.de/en/Visual_Basic_net/vbnet_htmlhelp.htm

How to connect HTML Help and Visual Basic 6
http://www.help-info.de/download/VB6_CHM.zip

Online help and VBA
http://www.help-info.de/en/Visual_Basic_Applications/vba.htm

HTMLHelp API for VBA, VB6 and VB2003
http://www.help-info.de/en/Help_Info_HTMLHelp/hh_api.htm

 

 

C++

Connecting WinHelp/HTML Help to VB and C++

The two tutorials explain how to implement Winhelp resp. HTML Help into Visual Basic and C++ programs.

Author:

© Don Lammers, Shadow Mountain Tech

Download:

[VBHTMLHelp.pdf] Connecting HTMLHelp to Visual Basic Programs
59 kb PDF file

[CPPHTMLHelp.pdf.pdf] Connecting HTML Help to C++/MFC Programs
76 kb PDF file

Shadow Mountain Tech web site:
www.smountain.com

 

 

Microsoft Access

Using HTML Help with Microsoft Access

Using Microsoft HTML Help with Access databases has turned out to be a bit trickier than originally imagined. Dave Liske put together a paper on the subject.

Author:

© Dave Liske, Help Technology Centre

Download:

[hhaccess.pdf] Using HTML Help with Microsoft Access
76 kb PDF file

Article page link:
http://mvps.org/htmlhelpcenter/htmlhelp/hhaccess.html

 

 

Visual Objects

Connecting WinHelp/HTML Help to Visual Objects

A guide how to integrate Winhelp and HTML Help into a Visual Objects application. Sample help file is included.

Author:

© Phil McGuinness, Sherlock Software

Download:

[helpandmanualvo27.zip] 334 kb ZIP archive

Sherlock Software web site:
www.sherlock.com.au

 

 

Clarion

Context sensitive help with Clarion

EasyHelper is a (shareware) tool implementing a class and templates, allowing you to add a context help into a Clarion application. Supports Winhelp and HTML Help, licensed version costs $99.

Author:

© Ingasoftplus, http://www.ingasoftplus.com

Document Link:

EasyHelper web site

 

 

APL

Implement HTML Help within APL

How to show HTML Help from your APL application.

Author:

© APL Team Ltd, http://www.aplteam.com

Document Link:

Programming tutorial

 

 

Visual FoxPro

Implement HTML Help within FoxPro v3 or v5

This is the Microsoft knowledgebase article Q185498 with an additional help file example for Help & Manual.

Author:

© Microsoft, www.microsoft.com

Download:

[vfphtml.zip] 276 kb ZIP archive

Article link:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;Q185498

 

 

Xojo

HTML Help with Xojo (former REALbasic) for Windows

This tutorial shows step-by-step how easy it is to use compiled HTML Help files with Xojo. The download file includes the compiled application plus source code.

Author:

© 2004 EC Software

Download:

[realbasic.zip] 1.06 mb ZIP archive

 

 

REALbasic

Help with Visual XBase++

Comprehensive tutorial with compiled EXE demo for XBase++ showing field level help (F1 help) and general application online help with CHM files.

Author:

© Peter Alderliesten, Solvention bv, http://www.solvention.nl

Download:

[xbase++helptutorial.zip] 3 mb ZIP archive