Hi! I'm currently looking for a solution to finding a hypertext help system that may be used on different platforms (Linux, MS-Windows...). What we're looking for is a help system which not only has a similar user interface on all platforms, but, more importantly, the same help file format. We really don't want to re-enter help text using a different word processor/desktop publishing system for each platform.
I am aware that the MS-Windows world does come with the tools necessary to build a hypertext help system (using MS-Word). Can this be ported to the Unix/Motif world at all?
Any guidance or other ideas would be appreciated. Liat
Originally posted by Jeroen Wenting: one acronym: HTML another: PDF
Better, write in an xml and have it rendered into both. Years ago I wrote a part of such a system. It wasn't xml but a proprietary format (and quite stupid). I wrote the part that translated the source files to pdf using TeX and somebody else wrote a perl script to generate html. We used the pdf as a manual and html as a context help and it worked very well.
Today I would probably use docbook. I wouldn't have to care about writing any tools...
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Been there, done that. That wasn't documentation though, it was stock quotes that had to be output (as requested) in either HTML, CVS, or PDF. Servlet generating the data as XML forwarding to another servlet generating the final output using either XSLT or XSL:FO depending on the request.