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I'm finishing an application and want to supply help files. However MS
Access's help files, ironically don't contain much help on HELP. What is
the best approach? I could easily just provide .doc files and shell out to
Wordpad.exe, but is there a better way? I'm using Access 2002. Any help is
appreciated.
Nov 12 '05 #1
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"Tom marsh" <le*******@goodwill-suncoast.com> wrote:
I'm finishing an application and want to supply help files. However MS
Access's help files, ironically don't contain much help on HELP. What is
the best approach? I could easily just provide .doc files and shell out to
Wordpad.exe, but is there a better way? I'm using Access 2002. Any help is
appreciated.


See my Microsoft Access Help System Tips page at
http://www.granite.ab.ca/access/accshelp.htm for an overview of the process.

Also see David Liske's Access HTML help page at
http://www.mvps.org/htmlhelpcenter/h.../hhaccess.html

Tony

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Nov 12 '05 #2

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My favorite is Shalom Help. Freeware. Won't get any easier than this.
http://www.danish-shareware.dk/soft/shelpm/index.html

Old type help file.. but what the hell, I still use ACC97! :o)

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I'm finishing an application and want to supply help files. However MS
Access's help files, ironically don't contain much help on HELP. What is
the best approach? I could easily just provide .doc files and shell out to Wordpad.exe, but is there a better way? I'm using Access 2002. Any help is appreciated.


Nov 12 '05 #3

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TC

"Tom marsh" <le*******@goodwill-suncoast.com> wrote in message
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I'm finishing an application and want to supply help files. However MS
Access's help files, ironically don't contain much help on HELP. What is
the best approach? I could easily just provide .doc files and shell out to Wordpad.exe, but is there a better way? I'm using Access 2002. Any help is appreciated.

I do it the hard way using MS Help Workshop. You create an MS Word document
using footnotes, strikethroughs & other things to indicate topic headings, &
so on. Then Help Workshop prduces the HLP file. It is all *very* fiddly &
has a reasonable learning curve. Using a 3rd part tool, as suggested by the
other respondents, would be a better way to go.

Also, remember that there are some good freeware products for "reverse
engineering" an HLP file into a prinatble Word document. This gives you a
printable manual, with little or no extra work. When you structure your
help, put related topics together, even if this is irrelevent to the online
process (because the topics are called-up by number from different places in
your system). Then, if you reverse engineer a doc file from the HLP file,
the result will be better, & require less editing to produce a decent
printed manual.

HTH,
TC

Nov 12 '05 #4

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