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    I need suggestions for creating a Help system for a Visual Basic Program

    I need suggestions for creating a Help system for a Visual Basic Program.

    We have a requirement to provide "on-line help" to our Visual Basic program. What I believe they mean is the sort of Help functionality that one normally sees in C++ generated program.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?

    I have been told that the file type is a .CHM file that the help system uses. Is there a Help Component in Visual Basic?

    What I would really like to do is to have the user choose between having the help be displayed in either .CHM or .HTM format. So, is there a web browser component in Visual Basic too?

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    The below link should help:

    http://www.mvps.org/htmlhelpcenter/
    Paul
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    I've been using VB Helpwriter for the past 8 years, its simple and easy to use.

    http://www.helpwriter.com/vbhw32.htm

    If your making *.hlp files then you will need a help compiler. Hcw.exe is on the VB6 CD.

    If you want to make HTML help files (.chm) you can download HTML Help Workshop from Microsoft for free:

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...pDownloads.asp

    But I don't find Help Workshop very user friendly or easy to use.

    There are others on the market.

    http://www.helpscribble.com/

    http://www.vizacc.com/

    http://www.ec-software.com/

    http://www.ariacom.com/brRtf2hlp.asp
    I've been programming with VB for 15 years. Started with VB4 16bit Pro, VB5 Pro, VB6 Pro/Enterprise and now VB3 Pro. But I'm no expert, I'm still learning.

    Martin2k

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    I think for a first pass at this I am going to just launch an .ADP file inside a launched IE. How would I do this in Visual Basic?

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    ADP? Isn't that an Access Data Project file?
    Paul
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    I meant a pdf file. Sorry.

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    What you might want to try and do is use the WebBrowser control on a Visual Basic Form and then navigate to the PDF file to display it.
    Paul
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