VB SIG: Building and Integrating Help Systems with RoboHelp



  • Find out how you can use your Help system for continuous usability study and to learn what features your end users want in future releases.


    Michael Hamilton (bio), RoboHelp Product Manager - eHelp Corp.


    Presentation Overview

    Building and Integrating Help Systems with RoboHelp

    Experience how easy it is to develop and integrate a full featured Help system. In this live demonstration of RoboHelp Office and RoboHelp Enterprise 2002 you will see how to:

    • Import existing content
    • Create a dynamic TOC and index
    • Customize the Help system to the application
    • Integrate context sensitive Help
    • Take advantage of server based Help

    Find out how you can use your Help system for continuous usability study and to learn what features your end users want in future releases.

    Click here to view the ContextSensitiveHelp.pdf file.


    About the Presenter


    Michael Hamilton, RoboHelp Product Manager at eHelp Corporation

    As the Product Manager for eHelp Corporation's award-winning RoboHelp product line, Michael Hamilton gathers input and feedback from the customer community and works within R&D to guide ongoing development of the various RoboHelp products. Mike joined eHelp in 1999 as a founding member of the Training Solutions Program team, where he co-authored the certified training materials supporting eHelp’s flagship products, the RoboHelp family.

    Mr. Hamilton has over ten years of experience in training, technical communication, multimedia development, and software development at several organizations including Cymer—a leading supplier of laser illumination sources, National Steel & Shipbuilding and the US Navy.

    Mr. Hamilton has been a featured speaker at several industry events, including the WinWriters Online Help Conferences 2000/2001/2002, STC Annual 2001/2002, Forum 2000 London, the 3rd and 5th Annual Australasian Online Documentation Conferences, the European Online Documentation Conference 2002 and several other events including appearances at the Microsoft Campus and STC (the Society for Technical Communication) regional conferences and events. Mr. Hamilton is also frequently quoted in technology articles in various trade publications.


    This Month's Tips & Techniques

    Effective Use of the Common Dialog Control in VB.NET

    Mr. Joseph Ackerman, ACKnowledge Software

    From the time it made its debut, the Common Dialog control in Visual Basic has only exposed a subset of the common dialog windows available in the Windows API. As a result, one of the most frequently asked questions on VB newsgroups has "How do I get that standard dialog that lets my users select a folder or directory?". Prior to VB.NET, the answer has always required you to code directly against the Windows API. Now this functionality is available from the .NET framework class library. This presentation will show you how to take advantage of it.

    Click here to view the tip and technique.

    Database to .NET DataGrid in 10 Minutes

    Mr. Evan Lim, Chairman Visual Basic.NET Working Group and
    Bay.NET User Group

    In August Evan explained how how the VB.NET Working Group used DataReaders, DataAdapters, and DataSets in their Phonics project. In this presentation, Evan explains how easy it is to extend that code base to display data using a .NET DataGrid.

    Click here to view the tip and technique.


    Event Logistics


    Cubberley Community Center
    4000 Middlefield, Room H-1
    Palo Alto, CA


    6:30-7:20pm registration/networking/open forum/pizza
    7:20-9:00pm guest speaker


    $15 at the door for non-SDForum Members
    No charge for SDForum members and students with ID
    No registration required