Classic Object Pascal for free
Hello to all! Allen (new member) here,
I am a long time (OMG, when did I become so old!) Pascal (DOS) programmer - I "cut my teeth" on Turbo Pascal v3, and migrated to v5.5 and finally to Borland Pascal. I am extremely intrigued by Virtual Pascal - I discovered links to Virtual Pascal some years ago and have been "chasing them" off and on since. In the course of getting into V.P., I have prepared a CHM (compiled HTML help) file of EVERYTHING! The PDF documentation (and program's online docs) are good, but finding anything is somewhat troublesome to me.
I read with interest Marco van de Voort's posting of Dec. 15/08 re: CHM support. Hope I haven't stolen your fire, Marco! Also, I would like to respond to Robert AH Prins' comments about CHM...
- yes, CHM is proprietary, but Microsoft releases the compiler (old) for free!
- yes, there can be security risks, but no more than ordinary HTML (this is just compiled)
Microsoft has more-or-less adopted the CHM (and various new spinoff formats) method of delivering documentation. I think the biggest advantages to CHM over conventional HTML are:
- smaller "footprint"
- full text search (and index, if desired)
Gentlemen, I have attached a zip file containing the CHM documentation; I hope that you will critique it and offer any comments or suggestions as you see fit. I am looking forward to using V.P. and the contact this forum should provide. Perhaps I may even provide you with a picture... (hmmmm)
Note: documentation file updated (minor fixups, new image in User's Guide 8.9.11) Aug 4/09
Note: Nov 14/2011 - documentation file updated, with the following changes:
Note: April 4/2012 - documentation file updated, with the following changes:
I have uploaded a revised copy of the compiled Help file today (Nov 14, 2011) with some "bug fixes" and enhancements. See the first message in this thread for a download. Don't forget, the help file also contains all control files necessary to re-compile as separate files using Microsoft's free Help Workshop (compiler).
Just a quick note to say that I am actively editing the CHM help file - Marco's note in this thread, re: links from one book to another will be implemented. This involves quite a bit of work, but I think that most people (?) will be using the complete help file rather than the individual ones. I may also add some cute (but efficient) graphic links to topics using screen captures from the text mode IDE - I think this will aid in actually finding things quickly.
The more I work on the help file, the more I appreciate the amount of work that has gone into Virtual Pascal!
I will post the revised help file here - first topic in this thread - in the (near?) future, when the work is completed.
I have replaced the documentation file (first post in this thread) with an updated version. I still would like to do more - really appreciate the compiler! - but for now I guess this will have to do.