HTML Help Workshop is a help authoring application which was designed to provide a simple system for creating and managing help projects and their related files.
Microsoft HTML Help consists of an online Help Viewer, related help components and help authoring tools from Microsoft Corporation.
The Help Viewer uses the underlying components of Microsoft Internet Explorer to display help content. It supports HTML, ActiveX, Java, scripting languages (JScript, and Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition), and HTML image formats (.jpeg, .gif, and .png files).
HTML Help contains the following components:
- HTML Help Workshop: a help authoring tool with an easy-to-use graphical interface for creating project files, HTML topic files, contents files, index files, and everything else you need to put together an online help system or Web site.
- HTML Help ActiveX control: a small, modular program used to insert help navigation and secondary window functionality into an HTML file.
- The HTML Help Viewer: a fully-functional and customizable three-paned window in which online help topics can appear.
- Microsoft HTML Help Image Editor: an online graphics tool for creating screen shots; and for converting, editing, and viewing image files.
- The HTML Help Java Applet: a small, Java-based program that can be used instead of an ActiveX control to insert help navigation into an HTML file.
- The HTML Help executable program: the program that displays and runs help when you click a compiled help file.
- The HTML Help compiler: the program that compiles project, contents, index, topic, and other files into a compiled help file.
- The HTML Help Authoring Guide: an online guide designed to assist help authors in using HTML Help to design a help system. The guide also contains a complete HTML Help reference for developers and an HTML tag reference for authors.