HelpTopic is a help file editor for Microsoft Windows developers. It is aimed at Borland Delphi and C++Builder developers, but can be used by anybody who needs a simple WinHelp authoring tool.
HelpTopic makes use of the Microsoft Help Workshop which comes with all 32-bit versions of Delphi and C++Builder. You can download it from Microsoft's site. Select the keyword search, and type "help workshop" into the keyword box. HelpTopic produces Windows 95 WinHelp 4.0 files, not the newer HTML Help files.
HelpTopic creates the Help Project, contents and topic files, and uses the help compiler to create the help file. These source files can be used as input to other help authoring tools, such as HTML Help Workshop that ships with Microsoft Visual Studio products.
It can only read the files it created itself, so do not edit any of the topic files with Microsoft Word or another Rich Text Format cabable editor.
HelpTopic is a simple tool, and does not attempt to give access to all features of WinHelp. It attempts instead provide you with the means to create help for your programs quickly and easily.
This is the Help Topic Editor's public home page. At the SourceForge Project's Page, you can monitor the project's progress, subscribe to the mailing lists, report bugs, make suggestions, request enhancements, register for notification of new releases or bug reports, and join the project as a developer.
Please visit HelpTopic's Project Page at SourceForge for information about how to become a project developer. The Project's page also contains databases for bugs and pending tasks, as well as well as links for joining the anouncement, interest, or developer mailing lists..
Jamie Oglethorpe write the original Help Topic Editor as a holiday project,
and used it as an example in a SDForum
discussion. Juanco Anez encouraged him to turn it into an open source
The program has been used to create its own documentation, as a WinHelp file, and comes with the program.
Optimax has very kindly created an open source newsgroup where we can discuss this project. If you have a question, suggestion or comment, don't hesitate to post it there. You can point your newsreader at news.optimax.com and choose the sdforum.open-source newsgroup.