HTML Help Viewer 5.3.2 - Supported Tags

This document describes the subset of HTML supported by Help.

<!-- -->
Comment. All tags and text within the comment are ignored by HTML Help.

<A>
Help fully supports the HREF and NAME attributes, except that:

<B>
Bold text is displayed in bright white.

<BODY>
Indicates the beginning of the text to be displayed.

<BR>
Line break.

<CODE>
Code is just displayed as Bold text (in bright white).

<EM>
Emphasised text, like italicised text, is displayed using the color magenta (a shade of purple).

<H1>
Help puts this header 1 text in bold and puts a thick line underneath it.

<H2>, <H3>
Header 2 and 3 text is put in bold, and a new paragraph is started.

<HEAD>
HTML header.

<HR>
Creates a horizontal rule along the screen. Only a horizontal rule without any attributes is supported at present.

<HTML>
Denotes a HTML file.

<I>
Italicised text is displayed using the color magenta (a shade of purple).

<LI>
A list object.

<OL>
At present, ordered lists are rendered as unordered lists. Embedded lists are not supported.

<P>
New paragraph.

<PRE>
Preformatted text

<STRONG>
Strong text, like bold text, is displayed as bright white.

<TITLE>
Does nothing - yet.

<TT>
TT text, like italicised text, is displayed using the color magenta (a shade of purple).

<UL>
Embedded lists are not currently supported.

Character Entities supported in HTML Help

Over 250 character entities are supported, including all Latin-1 entities. NCRs (Numeric Character References) and UTF-8 are also supported. However, help can only display those characters that are available in the currently active DOS codepage. For a list of codepages that help is 'aware' of, type "HELP /C" at the command prompt.

General Notes on HTML Help

  1. Text is wrapped if it does not fit on the line.
  2. Tags are case insensitive, so <A HREF="FOO.HTM"> is equivelent to <a href="foo.htm">.
  3. The maximum size for a document is 64K.
  4. Only short (8.3) file names are supported.
  5. Help distinguishes between file types by filename extension. Therefore the .htm extension is recommended for HTML files.

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