Published on 2006-10-22 05:28 AM
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One of the biggest parts lacking in user constructed solutions is documentation in the form of help files. As coders, we usually find it easier to build the application than explain to someone how to use it properly. After all, what we write in code is rarely read by others, and most novices think it's gibberish anyway. Actually explaining what you do in plain english (or whatever language you use) can be quite difficult. Ironically, it is this very fact that tells us why help files are important... write it down once, nicely, and you should never have to explain it again.
Office makes use of Compiled HMTL (chm) help files, which can be created by any number of applications. While writing these documents can be a difficult task of explaining yourself to the end user, the final trick is getting the compiled file to work with your application. This article was written to help ease the burden of the coding part, but unfortunately I'm going to leave the actual construction of the files to you, although I will give you some pointers to get started.