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TechNote 10010: How WinHelp RTF content is converted

This TechNote attempts to explain how HyperText Studio converts the content in an RTF file.


Footnote Description Action
$ Title Set as the topic title
# Context string Set as the topic's context string. If the context string already exists in the project, a unique context string is created.

If the footnote is not at the start of the topic an anchor is created, using the specified context string.

+ Browse no If auto browse numbering (in the book properties) is on will attempt to create a structure in the contents tree based on the available sequences and numbers.

If auto browse numbering is off will set the topic's browse sequence property to the footnote string.

* Build Tag Ignored
A,K Keywords Creates the specified keywords if necessary. If the footnote is at the start of the topic, the keywords are applied to the topic, otherwise an anchor is created for them.
! Macros Creates an entry macro in the topic.
@ Comment Creates a comment tag in the topic containing the comment.
> Window Sets the window property for the topic.
- internal hts Processed by the HyperText Studio.
< internal hts Processed by the HyperText Studio.
Anything else   Added as a multi char keyword

Macro links

Macro links are left as they are except for OsTools_OpenURL which is converted to an Internet link.

SHG files

SHG files are converted to bmp or wmf and output into a project folder. Hotsposts are created as an image map in each topic that uses the shg. This is because HTML requires each use of the image to have its own image map. This means that in the future you need to change the hotspots in multiple places if you have used the SHG file that way.


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