Creating a Help Project

To prepare a Help file, you need one or more topic files the files produced by a rich text editor such as Word or WordPerfect. These topic files contain the actual messages that will appear in your help windows. You can't compile a Help project without a topic file, but you can create a project without it. Also, you don't need an application to have a Help project, although generally a user will launch a Help file by using links in an application. The MFC AppWizard gives you a head start in...

Segmented Hypergraphics Editor

Another name for the Segmented Hypergraphics Editor is the Hotspot Editor, but you can just call it Shed, for short. It's much easier to remember. A hypergraphic is a bitmap that includes hotspots for jumping to Help topics. Shed is the tool you use to create these bitmaps and associate topics with areas in the bitmap. To use Shed, you first need a hypergraphics (.shg) file, which you can prepare from an ordinary bitmap file (.bmp or .dib) or a metafile (.wmf). To create a hypergraphics file,...