The goal was to develop an
in-house multi-target publishing system for the end-user manuals of this company. From a
common source document, the printed manuals, each about thousand pages long, and two
different context sensitive on-line help systems (ASCII-DOS and Windows-HLP) should be
generated automatically. Transition (data import) from the existing manuals (Ventura) had
to be guaranteed.
extensive WordBasic programming (over 10'000 lines of code!)
integration with existing WinHelp solution (Doc-To-Help, WexTech)
conversion tool in C
The goals of the project have
been met and the system is still in use. It is currently evaluated for possible future
support of HTML and/or PDF as additional target platforms. Check out the Discussion about alternatives.
I learnt a lot
about how a software company runs by just keeping my eyes open at ABACUS. I would like to
thank ABACUS for allowing me this expierence!