R-alpha: HTML help

Paul Gilbert pgilbert@bank-banque-canada.ca
Mon, 25 Aug 1997 10:02:14 -0400

>> It is looking like a real pain to translate the current set of html files to
>> this format which means that there is going to be some real work required in
>> getting a 3.11 version going.

> Is it possible that the HTML->RTF->WinHelp generation pointer I sent
> you would work faster? Point being that you could generate the RTF
> file on a machine with long filenames yielding a file with *internal"
> links, no restrictions on names, and in turn a .HLP file - which we
> want to have anyway.

I came to the "real pain" conclusion a couple of years ago when I
converted the help files for my time series library to HTML. My
conclusion was essentially Kurt's: give up on meaningful filenames and
build internal links. I have a couple of unix scripts which build an
index by function name and an index by title and change the "see also"
pointers to appropriate links into the index. I don't get RTF out of
this though. (I was looking for a common format, not a way to generate
all formats.) If the scripts would be of use to you let me know.

Paul Gilbert
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