Thursday, April 12, 2007

Microsoft: Hate the CHM Love the XML

It's not every day that there's a change for technical writers who make Help files for software applications running on Microsoft Windows.

The compressed HTML format (.chm) is now ten years old and with the release of the Vista operating system, Microsoft have abandoned the .chm format in favor of a new XML-based Help system.

However for the rest of us who don't work for Microsoft, they are still recommending that we continue to make Help files using .chm.


To help me better understand the changes Microsoft have made, I will be attending presentations by Joe Welinske and Matthew Ellison at the 10th Australasian Online Documentation and Content Conference to be held in Melbourne in May 2007.

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