An eWriter eBook is essentially a package for WebHelp with integrated viewer functionality, plus support for context-sensitive help and security. An eWriter eBook consists of two merged parts:
The WebHelp content
The content of an eWriter eBook is normal WebHelp, with full support for Help+Manual's WebHelp skins. This means the entire content of the book has the same formatting, scripting and layout capabilities as WebHelp, and just as skinnable. You can choose a WebHelp skin for it, in the same way as you would for WebHelp.
All the layout is the same as in WebHelp, as defined in the WebHelp skin. This includes the table of contents, keyword index, search and so on.
The eWriter viewer
This is the "package" around the WebHelp content. You can configure a large number of features of the viewer, including the initial position and dimensions, security features, Windows icon, drop-down menu and context menu.
In addition to the integrated eWriter support in Help+Manual we have also produced a standalone eWriter application that you can use to package any folder of HTML files into an eWriter eBook or a CHM file.
The embedded eWriter viewer has a number of configuration options. In addition to the default size and position of the viewer you can configure a main menu and a right-click context menu and a wide range of security options.
You can find the configuration options in Project Explorer: Configuration > Publishing Options > eBooks > eWriter eBooks for Windows.
See this chapter for detailed reference and instructions for the eWriter viewer configuration options.
eWriter is WebHelp stored and displayed in a special viewer instead of in a normal web browser. This viewer uses the Windows Internet Explorer HTML rendering engine, so it basically supports everything that you can do in Internet Explorer. Generally speaking all the instructions for WebHelp also apply for eWriter eBooks. Any layout that works in WebHelp should work in eWriter eBooks as well.
Everything in your WebHelp templates and skins is used in eWriter
WebHelp features that are unavailable in eWriter
There are some WebHelp features you can't use in eWriter, mainly because there is no web server.
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Links to other web pages
It is generally best to configure the eWriter viewer to open any links to Web pages in the user's default browser instead of in the viewer. There are no browser tabs in the eWriter viewer. If you don't set the default browser option, links to other web pages that are set to open in a new window will completely replace your WebHelp interface, and links set to open in the same window will completely replace the current topic and its navigation controls in the topic header.