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Programming Visual Basic 2008 by Tim Patrick

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Project

Once you have access to an online help file, you have access to every page of it. That's usually a good thing, because users are curious. (I mean that they are inquisitive and not merely objects of curiosity.) But in the case of the Library Project, that curiosity could lead to topics that are really no business of ordinary patrons. Most of the features in the Library application are for administrative use only. To keep things as calm as possible, the Library Project includes two online help files:

  • LibraryBasic.chm, a patron-focused help file that describes only the parts of the program the patron can access

  • LibraryAdmin.chm, a file targeting administrators and librarians that fully describes the features of the application

This section builds both of these online help files, and integrates them into the Library application.

Building the Help Files

I've written the content for both online help files for you. You'll find it all in the Online Help subdirectory in the primary install directory for this book, with distinct directory branches for Basic and Admin files. Figure 24-9 and Figure 24-10 list the files found in each directory.

The files for patron-level online help

Figure 24-9. The files for patron-level online help

The files for administrator-level online help

Figure 24-10. The files for administrator-level online help

Most of the HTML files have a one-to-one ...

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