When HelpNDoc generates an HTML documentation, the usual process is to generate it to a local disk drive, review it, then upload it to the web-server where it will be accessible for the end-user. However, when testing the locally generated documentation using Microsoft Internet Explorer, you might notice a broken tables of contents at first, as well as a notification message at the top of the screen mentioning that “To help protect you security, Internet Explorer has restricted this webpage from running scripts or ActiveX controls that could access your computer.
A new review from George Norman at FindMySoft.com finds HelpNDoc powerful, easy and safe to install. “If you decide to download and install the IBE Software-developed application HelpNDoc on your system, you will enjoy the functionality of an easy to use, powerful and intuitive tool to create help files” says the review before pointing out that HelpNDoc is “free of charge. This means you can get HelpNDoc, enjoy the functionality it provides, and keep your hard earned money in your pocket”.
Using the Freeware Edition of HelpNDoc, you can create a Compiled HTML Help Format (CHM) table of contents in a mater of seconds, either by freely typing it, importing one from an existing CHM help file or using HelpNDoc’s interface to position the topics. This article presents the steps involved to easily and rapidly create a complete and structured table of content for your documentations.
Freely typing a table of contents The fastest way to create a new table of contents from scratch is by using the free typing field from HelpNDoc’s new project wizard.
Warning! Some information and techniques detailed on this page may be out of date. For more up-to-date information on this topic, we recommend that you check the following page: How to add an item to the library. The HelpNDoc help authoring environment can export flash SWF and FLV files in the generated CHM and HTML documentation. To do so, Flash files must first be included in HelpNDoc’s library, a placeholder for various files related to your documentation, then inserted in one or multiple help topics.
DownloadTube.com has been kind enough to produce a HelpNDoc video tutorial, or trailer as they call it, which takes the user through the installation process, creation of a new project, definition of this project’s options, creation of new topics… up to the generation and visualization of the generated HTML help and PDF documentation.
Video tutorial: demo installation The video tutorial demonstrates the creation of a new topic in HelpNDoc and how to use an external files for that topic.
The generated CHM window can be heavily personalized from the window part of the project options. This article goes through the window’s size and position, the visible buttons on the toolbar, the personalization of the navigation pane as well as other customizable settings.
Window size and position The position of the window is specified from the borders of the screen in pixels. For example, a window which should be centered on the screen horizontally, but at the top of the screen will have equal left and right positions and a zero top position.
Warning! Some information and techniques detailed on this page may be out of date. For more up-to-date information on this topic, we recommend that you check the following page: /documentation/html/ContextsensitiveHTMLhelp.html. Linking to a specific topic in the HTML generated help is as easy as linking to a file named by its topics ID and placed under the “files” sub-directory of the generated content.
Let’s say you have created a project named “My help file” with a topic named “My first topic” whose topic ID is “Myfirsttopic”.