Windows

Open a PDF to a Named Destination via DDE in C/C++

We switched to using PDF as the online help format for our new Visual Nature Studio 3 product, which is a switch I greatly welcome. Previously we used non-paginated basic HTML, broken up into over a hundred "chapters", one for each major topic or window in the program. When the user invoked the help menu or F1 key, the software would determine what window was active, and map that to an HTML filename. I would then use ShellExecute to launch the users preferred web browser to view the file in question.

Xenon's MSDN Errata

I've noticed recently that I'm making a lot of annotations and corrections to Microsoft's online Win32 API documentation, and while re-reading one the other day I discovered I can view a list of all the annotations I've made.

In fact, it can be viewed publicly:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/user-xenonofarcticus.aspx?n=0

Why is CS_DROPSHADOW a class style and how do you use it with a Dialog/DlgProc?

Recently, I've been doing some UI work. I program for Windows in C++ on bare-metal Win32 API. No MFC, no WTL, for WPF, no .NET, nothing. I frequently end up having to write my own UI widgets ("Windows Custom Controls" in Microspeak) because most control libraries assume you're using one of the above technologies. That, and most custom controls have annoying feature or performance deficiencies. So, I'm pretty good at hacking on the Win32 API.

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