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Localizing application help on Symbian

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Created: tapiolaitinen (31 Jan 2008)
Last edited: hamishwillee (17 Jul 2012)


This code example describes how to localize the help files of an application.

This snippet can be self-signed.


1. Create a help file for all the languages that you need to support. See Implementing context-sensitive help on Symbian for information on how to implement help files.

2. Edit the makefile (group\ so that it compiles the localized help resources:

makmake :
cshlpcmp ..\help\help_sc.xml
cshlpcmp ..\help\help_09.xml
ifeq (WINS, $(findstring WINS, $(PLATFORM)))
copy ..\help\App_sc.hlp $(EPOCROOT)\epoc32\$(PLATFORM)\c\resource\help
copy ..\help\App_09.hlp $(EPOCROOT)\epoc32\$(PLATFORM)\c\resource\help
clean :
del ..\help\App_sc.hlp
del ..\help\App_sc.hlp.hrh
del ..\help\App_09.hlp
del ..\help\App_09.hlp.hrh
bld :
cshlpcmp ..\help\help_sc.xml
cshlpcmp ..\help\help_09.xml
ifeq (WINS, $(findstring WINS, $(PLATFORM)))
copy ..\help\App_sc.hlp $(EPOCROOT)\epoc32\$(PLATFORM)\c\resource\help
copy ..\help\App_09.hlp $(EPOCROOT)\epoc32\$(PLATFORM)\c\resource\help
freeze lib cleanlib final resource savespace releasables :

Note: When editing the makefile, make sure that you use tabulators instead of spaces, or you get the error "HELP.MK:27: *** missing separator. Stop."

3. Wherever you have used App.hlp.hrh, you should now use App_sc.hlp.hrh because the KContextApplication constant can be found there:

#include "App_sc.hlp.hrh"

Make sure that you use the same identifier in each help file (rtf), so that it does not matter which one of the hrh files you include.

4. Insert the LANG attribute as well as all the help-related files into the group\[app].mmp file:

LANG SC 01 09
DOCUMENT help_sc.rtf
DOCUMENT help_09.rtf
DOCUMENT help_sc.xml
DOCUMENT help_09.xml
DOCUMENT custom.xml

5. Make sure that the localized help resources are compiled into the SIS package (see sis\[app].pkg):

} -"!:\resource\help\App.hlp"

6. Compile the files and create the SIS package.

See also

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