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Home > Basic Functions > Links > Getting Started > What is a Static Help System?

What is a Static Help System?

This is a pure HTML help system that does not require a web server to be viewed. A static help system is made up of .HTM pages which can be run on your harddrive, on a network, from a CD, etc.

A static help system will look exactly the same as a dynamic help system published from the same project. The main difference is that the dynamic help system can be modified on the fly, whereas a Static help system must be re-published whenever changes are made.

Static Help System


Dynamic Help System


  • Faster than a dynamic help system
  • Can be run anywhere with a standard browser
  • Can be distributed on a CD or within a setup file
  • Fewer files
  • Can be run on any web server such as Apache, Linux, etc.
  • Supports all browsers right back to Netscape 1.0 and IE 1.0


  • Not editable (Updates require re-publish)
  • 'Most Popular Pages' feature not supported
  • 'Reader Comments' feature not supported
  • 'Page views' feature not supported
  • Dynamic conditional content not supported
  • Dynamic skins not supported

When to Publish a Static Help System?

  • If your help system will be run from a CD
  • If your help system will be located in a sub folder within your application
  • If your help system will be included within a setup file
  • If your help system will be run from your network
  • If your web server is not running IIS with .NET Framework

See also
What is a Dynamic Help System?
What is a PDF Manual?
End-User License Agreement
How to Order
HelpConsole 2008 - Enterprise Edition

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