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  • Overview
  • Help compiler
  • Integrity of the help system
  • Quality of the JPEG images (CHM format only)
  • Managing the insertion of an image into a help page
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Stored procedures
Overview
The options of the help editor are used to define:
  • the different help compilers used ("General" tab).
  • the check performed on the help system when it is opened ("General" tab).
  • the quality of the images generated during the compilation ("Images" tab).
  • the management of image insertion into a page ("Images" tab).
To display the options of the help system, select "Tools .. Options .. Options of help editor".To display the options of the help editor, on the "Home" pane, in the "Environment" group, expand "Options" and select "Options of help editor".
Help compiler
WINDEV is supplied with two help compilers:
  • WinHelp compiler: this compiler corresponds to the hcrtf.exe program. This program is supplied in the "Programs" sub-directory of the setup directory of WINDEV.
  • HTML Help compiler: this compiler corresponds to the hhc.exe program. This program is supplied in the "Programs" sub-directory of the setup directory of WINDEV.
Note: To compile and to run the test of your help system, the paths of the two compilers must be specified.
Integrity of the help system
If a problem occurs when opening the help system, you have the ability to check (and correct) the help system as soon as it is opened. To do so, check "Check the integrity of help system when it is loaded".
Caution: This operation may be quite long. It should be used before opening a help system that causes problems, and then it should be unchecked.
Quality of the JPEG images (CHM format only)
When the help system is created in the help editor, all types of images can be inserted into your help pages. However, when compiling in CHM format, all the images used will be automatically converted into JPEG format. Indeed, this compressed format is used to optimize the size of your help files.
The help editor of WINDEV allows you to choose the quality of the JPEG images created during the compilation.
You should use a quality rate included between 50 and 70 %.
Caution: The higher the image quality is, the clearer the images will be, but the larger the compiled CHM file will be.
Managing the insertion of an image into a help page
Several options are available when an image is inserted into a help page:
  • Ask whether the image must be copied into the project directory.
  • Always copy the image into the project directory: this option is used to store all the images used by the help file in the project directory.
  • Never copy the image into the project directory: all the images used by the help file remain in their source directory. If these images are no longer available when the help file is compiled, a white square will be displayed in the help file.
Minimum required version
  • Version 9
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