Microsoft HTML Help Workshop, by Microsoft Corporation, it's offered to users for creating help files for Windows applications and web pages. It includes advanced text search capabilities and a 'favorites' tab to save the more often searched topics, themes and/or terms.
The created help files (*.HLP) can be included to distribution packages and complete instalable Windows based applications. They can be compiled with the supported application or added to the distribution package.
The application itself includes an image editor and a project manager, to help user on including the help file to the developed and compiled program.
The generated Help file can include index and a table of elements to consult. Also keywords and direct hyperlinks to the corresponding contents.
The output help file will include and ActiveX control and a single Java applet that will be used by any Internet Browser supporting Java and ActiveX controls.
The HTML Help Workshop has a built-in compiler that will compress HTML code pages, images, graphics and different files into a small CHM format file, to be included in the application compilation, added to the application files into the installation package or downloaded directly from Internet.
The program can also be used for creating tutorials and user guides to help users when run the distributed applications.
It supports MS Visual Basic, HTML and Java script languages, and image formats such as png, gif and jpeg formats.