[fpc-pascal] OS/2 INF help support

Marco van de Voort marcov at stack.nl
Tue Sep 8 13:35:11 CEST 2009

In our previous episode, Graeme Geldenhuys said:
> I'm been doing some reading on various help file format - to be used in
> my applications and possible Lazarus IDE. From my OS/2 2.1 and OS/2 Warp
> days I remember the INF help was very impressive. Searching was
> lightning quick even on old hardware and INF files a few megabytes in
> size.  Apparently this is due to the very efficient INF help format.

Or maybe because it cached the search index to disk, like most helpfiles.

This is what I'm currently researching for CHM. (merged CHMs/.chw files)
While currently it is fast enough, performancewise, "nice" results probably
need to mine more info.
> Anyway, I want to try and implement a GUI version of the INF Help Viewer
> code available in the FP IDE. But ultimately, I would like to compile my
> own help as well, under Linux and Windows. Would this be possible?

I'd go shopping by the OS/2 centric compilers like sybil and vpascal. But
fat chance that they used some OS/2 tool for it that isn't ported.

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