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WinHelp - modifying topics by others

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I need to allow present users of my help files (Win 3x format) to give me feedback on the help topics so that I will modify them. I am looking for a way to make it automatically and without usage of rtf editor on the user side (notepad or my own simple text editor is OK). Users have only hlp files and see context sensitive help called from the application. Often they want to add more information to the help topics. This should be included in the next release of hlp files and finaly in hlp files that will go in distribution version to end users.

I want to make it this way: when user wants to add to a help topic he preses a button in a help viewer, then from a help topic some set of macros calls editor, user(programmer) inputs corrections, saves in a modifications file together with information about topic's title (or context string) and help file name recorded automatically. After some time I collect modification files from the users and run addmodifcations procedure (hopefuly a macro in WinWord) on rtf files and recompile the whole help system.
That was the origin of the question. Now what I really need to know is: Is there a simple way to extract topic's title from hlp file? Some sort of variables in help macros that could pass it to the editor ?
I will be happy if anyone tells me how to solve my original problem (setting up modification system) or just how to extract  information from help files.
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Try contact with "Blue Sky" (http://www.blue-sky.com). They wrote "hlp2src" program which do what you want.
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