Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 08:48:17 -0000
Reply-To: Martin Trollope <MartinT@HOLLARD.CO.ZA>
Sender: "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From: Martin Trollope <MartinT@HOLLARD.CO.ZA>
Subject: Re: native help/authoring tools
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I've been working on this (more off than on) for a while. From the SAS online help in 6.12 for Windows, I found the following text and tried out the winhelp function, which works well. As to integrating winhelp files into AF/EIS applications,
I've only got as far as proving that the function works when invoked from an SCL program (either in a push button's select method or in its labelled section of the frame entry SCL). PLEASE let me know how you get on, because I have the same needs.
Controlling the Online Help
The SAS System under Windows provides the WINHELP function (and its portable equivalent, HOSTHELP) to let you access topics in the online help for use in your own applications. Also, you can add your own help files containing help topics that you write. The syntax and usage of the WINHELP function is described in WINHELP Function.
The WINHELP function starts the Windows Help application (WINHELP.EXE) and causes it to display the help information that you request. The SAS System WINHELP function is similar to the WinHelp() function provided by the Microsoft Windows application programming interface (API). For complete information about the Windows WinHelp() API function, refer to the documentation for the Microsoft Windows Software Development Kit (SDK).
Using different access methods, the WINHELP function can provide general access to help files (such as to the table of contents or search dialog) or more controlled access (such as to a specific topic).
You can use the WINHELP function to gain general access to any WinHelp file as long as you know its file name. To access specific topics, you need to know details about the internal structure of the help file you are using. Typically, this is information you would have only if you or someone in your organization created the file.
For information about how to create a Windows help file, see the documentation provided with the Microsoft Windows SDK.
From: shirley.h.stover@CCMAIL.CENSUS.GOV [SMTP:shirley.h.stover@CCMAIL.CENSUS.GOV]
Sent: 13 November 1997 06:12
Subject: native help/authoring tools
I'm looking for info or advice re: using a help authoring product
(such as help perfect, robo help etc) to write native help for a
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