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RBApp Help

REALbasic Application Help

Issue: 6.2 (January/February 2008)
Author: Harold Halbleib
Article Description: No description available.
Article Length (in bytes): 7,230
Starting Page Number: 28
RBD Number: 6211
Resource File(s): None
Related Web Link(s):

http://www.excelsoftware.com
http://www.excelsoftware.com/quickhelprbmac.zip
http://www.excelsoftware.com/quickhelprbwin.zip

Known Limitations: None

Excerpt of article text...

This article illustrates how to add a help window to any Macintosh or Windows application written in REALbasic. To demonstrate, we'll construct a single window RB application called QuickHelpRB.

To complement the source code presented here, you can download a zip file with the QuickHelpRB source code file, QuickHelpRT.app (Mac), QuickHelpRT.dll (Win), and QuickHelp.qhlp (example help file).

http://www.excelsoftware.com/quickhelprbmac.zip

http://www.excelsoftware.com/quickhelprbwin.zip

To present help information from an RB app, the developer includes the QuickHelpRT viewer and a help file with their application. On the Mac, you can send Apple Events to load a help file, change topics, etc. On Windows you can declare an external method and send commands to the help viewer running as a DLL.

The help file itself is a platform neutral XML formatted text file that contains all the topics, pictures, links, index, etc. The viewer executable presents a help window to the application user complete with contents, index, navigation buttons, search, and other features you'd expect in a professional help system. The example help file, QuickHelp.qhlp was authored using QuickHelp from Excel Software.

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Article copyrighted by REALbasic Developer magazine. All rights reserved.


 


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