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Help Menu Creation

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I developed an application, along with an "owner's manual", which exists as a plain text readme file (written with Notepad). At this time, that readme is packed along with everything else needed, by the setup wizard. It is suggested that I also make that document available from the running application, under a menu "Help". I'm not sure how to do that. I created the appropriate menu, and there is the associated click procedure in the source code, empty at this time.  I expected to find something like a "help editor". Inside the click procedure, should I write code that invokes Notepad, and loads it with my readme?  What does that code look like?  Is there a better way? The books I have don't say much about this matter. Can you recommend a book that covers this topic well? - Thank you - Norm
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shchuka: Thank you. I'll try your code and get back to you.  Yes, I'm using VB5.  Should have mentioned that in my original question.  What is "REM" in your code?  Remark?

Comment: "Standard" help in various applications appear to be organized into topics, and there are links within the help text to hop about from topic to topic.  Coming in cold, I had expected there would be something like a "help editor" for construction of the help contents.  In the past, I did some HTML coding once, which included links to various parts within a (very long) displayed document.  I was expecting to find some similar construct in this context.  Guess not. -- Norm

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shchuka: By a wild coincedence, I ran into somebody carrying a third-party package specifically designed to build the contents of the menu "help".  This one costs $400 !! There are probably others around.  Know anything about this? - Norm
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