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  • #31
    Re: External Help


    Thanks for your efforts that works fine for me. As you say real life examples work so well and indeed thats exactly why I needed an external help module.

    Just a piece of advice for you the help module your are producing does not work in vista unless you add in their reader see:

    My thanks to all who contributed to this posting




    • #32
      Re: External Help

      HelpScribble can create chm files as I'm sure the product that you're using can also. This would mean that you don't have to install anything else.

      I took my example, changed HelpScribble to create a chm file, and changed the fields to look at the chm file instead of the hlp file.

      The level one help works, however the level two doesn't.
      Maybe it uses a different delimiter between the topic, but I've tried , and ; and neither worked yet.

      I will play with it more tonight.



      • #33
        Re: External Help

        If you go to the index in the hlp file, you see that the level 2 items are identified with a single comma between the levels. A5 uses this exact Topic, so a comma works.

        In the chm file, the index shows a comma and then a space between them, so A5 again uses what it has, and by putting a comma and then a space, I can get the level 2 help for customer name to work, however the customer city still doesn't. I am including the almost working version here in case someone has some time to look at it before I get a chance tonight to take a look.



        • #34
          Re: External Help

          Hi all,

          i am trying to attempt "linking External .chm file to a web component".. Is that possible?


          • #35
            Re: External Help

            Originally posted by Bernie123 View Post
            I have written a database and now want to include field level help.

            I have worked through the limited help in Alpha but have a problem. I have a CHM help file and if I put just the name of the help file in the help file link it opens ok. But I cannot work out what to include in the name field to open the relevant help page.

            I have done this in Access and Foxpro many times but this is leaving me stumped anyone done this.

            Thanks in advance

            Hi Bernie,
            Better to use generic procedure for including the field level help, because it requires only few lines of code.
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