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Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:26 pm 
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Does any one have any experience creating Apple Help Books?

It looks like a pile of crap to me.

I can create the HTML viewable by Safari no problem, but try as I may I can't arrange it into a book recognized by Apple Help Viewer. Eg I have a directory XXXX.help/Contents/Resources and the various xxxx.plist files. Even if I take an Apple provided help book and just copy it into another directory the Apple Help Viewer just shows an empty page when I view it.

What is the point of a help viewer that can't view help?

I have copied the Bluetooth.help to another directory and it says

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Help Viewer does not know how to handle the selected URL

The selected URL is: file:///Volumes/data/helptest/Bluetooth.help/


So there must be some external reference requirement to the directory?

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Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:37 pm 
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porter wrote:
Does any one have any experience creating Apple Help Books?

It looks like a pile of crap to me.

I can create the HTML viewable by Safari no problem, but try as I may I can't arrange it into a book recognized by Apple Help Viewer. Eg I have a directory XXXX.help/Contents/Resources and the various xxxx.plist files. Even if I take an Apple provided help book and just copy it into another directory the Apple Help Viewer just shows an empty page when I view it.

What is the point of a help viewer that can't view help?

I have copied the Bluetooth.help to another directory and it says

Code:
Help Viewer does not know how to handle the selected URL

The selected URL is: file:///Volumes/data/helptest/Bluetooth.help/


So there must be some external reference requirement to the directory?

( Tiger, Leopard )



No idea, have you tried the apple developer books like:
http://developer.apple.com/mac/library/ ... _help.html

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Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 2:39 pm 
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Yes, it looks like you can't have standalone help books, they have to be within another bundle, and if they are in another bundle the user can't easily navigate into it. Sounds like it's not the medium to use for help unless it's help within an application, not help about an application.

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Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:07 pm 
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Solution: a manpage! :)

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