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Context Help Made Easy

, 2 Feb 2007 CPOL
This article introduces a new way of instrumenting your code that enables help authors associate help topics with the application’s visual contexts at any time - even post-compilation – and to do so using the application’s user interface without the involvement of the developer.
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  <resheader name="version">
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Tom Clement
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I've been programming in C, C++, Visual Basic and C# for almost 30 years. I've worked at Sierra Systems, ViewStar, Mosaix, Lucent, Avaya, Avinon, Apptero and now Serena in various roles over my career.

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