Shortcut Control to Open a
.doc, .xls, .mdb, .ppt, .pdf
or other kinds of files from a CHM
Any file extension that is
associated with a program on the user's machine is fairly easy to bring up
in its application with the Shortcut Control.
In RoboHTML, with the cursor
positioned where you want the link, click Insert and select Shortcut.
Then, when the Shortcut Wizard dialog comes up, replace the default text
that says "Shortcut", with the text the user will see that
describes the document. Click Next. In the box that asks for the
"Program to run..., etc." just type in the name of the file if
it will reside in the same folder as the .CHM.
If you create a CD Layout and the document you're trying to bring up has a folder on the same level as the CHM
folder, you would type
If the Databases (or
whatever files) are in a
folder "below" the CHM folder it would be:
The Wizard dialog is
somewhat confusing because it asks for a "Program". In this
case, you only need the document name. (e.g., WHATEVER.PPS) This
assumes that the document extension is already "associated" with
the application. Leave the rest of the boxes blank (parameters and such).
This will create a Button in your WYSIWYG editor labeled with the text you
typed in earlier.
Compile, click on the Button
and the Access database (or whatever) should start with the document
Text Links instead of
You may want Text links
instead of buttons, so examine these methods:
"Button" to "Text" using a Shortcut Control to open
a remote topic.
In using the Shortcut Control for linking to remote topics, you can change the parameter name from "button" to "text" by editing in TrueCode view.
PARAM NAME="Button" VALUE="Text:Link to Remote CHM"
PARAM NAME="Text" VALUE="Text:Link to Remote CHM"
You might have to tinker with the Font parameter to make the resulting text look the way you want it.
Here's an example of the whole thing.
<PARAM NAME="Command" VALUE="Shortcut">
<PARAM NAME="Text" VALUE="Text:Link to Remote CHM">
<PARAM NAME="Font" VALUE="MS Sans Serif,12,0,,">
<PARAM NAME="Item1" VALUE=",Remote.chm">
After saving in TrueCode view switch to WYSIWYG editor view. Don't freak <g>. It will still show the link as a button! Not to worry. Compile the chm and you'll see it works.
Or, use hyperlinks instead of
Finally, you can create
hyperlinks without using the Shortcut. But the results vary according to
the application. For example if you are just trying to show Word Documents
in the Topic Pane you could add the Documents to "Baggage" then
go into TrueCode view where you want the link and insert this code:
of the Word Doc</A>
Clicking on this link will
cause the document to appear in the topic pane. There are no toolbars for
editing, but the user can right click and bring up a brief context menu.
If the doc is edited in any way and the user tries to go to another topic,
a dialog prompts to save it to a drive. The major downside using this
approach is that you have to compile all your docs into the CHM (the
baggage part) and this
may not be practical.