Author Topic: Testing a prototype help system.  (Read 1539 times)


  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 9067
  • Assembler is fun ;-)
    • MasmBasic
Re: Testing a prototype help system.
« Reply #30 on: June 03, 2018, 06:32:04 AM »
Text colours are easy, where I have had a problem is in the link format which only works with preset prefixes and the best of them are ugly. They work fine but look terrible.

Sorry, but I don't quite understand what the problem is. Why don't you just hide the format, prefixes etc elements?


  • Administrator
  • Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 6086
  • Mnemonic Driven API Grinder
    • The MASM32 SDK
Re: Testing a prototype help system.
« Reply #31 on: June 03, 2018, 11:23:17 AM »

That cannot be done as plain text, it probably can be done as RTF but I have not done much work there yet. From testing in both plain text and so far with RTF, you must use one of the built in prefixes to get the rich edit control to send the notification message.

These are the ones that work.


I have resurrected a RTF editor I wrote about 5 years ago and can produce coloured text with different fonts and font sizes but I have to learn more about RTF. I downloaded the specs from Microsoft and its only over 200 pages of options.  :P


Thanks for the example, I have not mapped enough of it yet to fully understand what it is doing but it does work with the links enclosed in square brackets. I don't know that much about Wine but I gather that it does not have the full capacity of the Windows versions that it emulates.
hutch at movsd dot com    :biggrin:  :biggrin:


  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 450
Re: Testing a prototype help system.
« Reply #32 on: June 03, 2018, 09:56:11 PM »
Yes sir, you're right. It's like a generic, don't have full functions inside .DLL. Have an option to copy original .dll files but if I do this I will lost compatibility between 32 and 64 bits.
I'd rather be this ambulant metamorphosis than to have that old opinion about everything


  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 70
Re: Testing a prototype help system.
« Reply #33 on: June 04, 2018, 11:58:54 AM »

Hutch, I simpatise about your misgivings regarding microsoft Help system, .hlp files are no longer suported, and .chm files, seems to be orphaned soon,  and the new help system don't seem to be catching up, so this may be the way to go.

Except that there may be another way, had you considered the .epub format?  Sigil is a Multiplatform .epub editor, it suport links, and table of contents, and the format can be read not only on computers, but also in tablets and phones, something that is a big plus (at least, for me)