Help topic ID utility

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MichaelM05301
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Help topic ID utility

Unread post by MichaelM05301 » Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:49 pm

Hello,

Does anyone know of a utility that can capture help topic requests to display the topic ID for the topic that an application is requesting?

Thanks,
Mike

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Winsteps
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Unread post by Winsteps » Thu Nov 26, 2009 2:34 am

Mike, please tell us more. What help format? How is the request arriving?

MichaelM05301
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Unread post by MichaelM05301 » Thu Nov 26, 2009 6:27 am

Windows chm format. Normally I know the topic ID's because I have them in my code. But for some apps which the source code is not available it would be nice to know which ID is being passed to hh.exe when a Help button of F1 key is pressed. This way I know what ID to use when creating the topic.

Basically I am looking for a utility that would intercept the help request and display the ID of the topic that was being requested.

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Winsteps
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Unread post by Winsteps » Thu Nov 26, 2009 11:44 am

Michael, here's how to display the Help call in a message box:
1. Download the free utilities from http://www.paulsadowski.com/WSH/cmdprogs.htm
2. Extract Msgbox.exe to your program folder
3. Rename it HH.exe
4. Launch your application and press F1
5. The calling parameters to HH.exe should display in a message box.

Pete Lees
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Unread post by Pete Lees » Thu Nov 26, 2009 5:22 pm

Hi,

You can also monitor API calls to a .chm file with the View > HTML Help Messages facility in HTML Help Workshop.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library ... S.85).aspx

Pete

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