Help Authoring Tools and Online Documentation Tools

Market overview of recommendable tools for creating online documentation and context sensitive online help. This kind of technical documentation tools often has a focus on creating software documentation (software documentation tools). The tools can generate online documentation and context sensitive online help systems (help sites) as well as printable user manuals (PDF) from the same shared text base (single source publishing tools).

On this page:

The market leaders

Other general help authoring tools

Rapid help development tools

Converters for Word and FrameMaker documents

Tools with a focus on code and API documentation

Static Site Generators

General purpose HTML, CSS, and Markdown editors

Mere HTML and CHM compilers and converters

Tools and scripts for embedding information into (web) applications (onboarding; walkthroughs; contextual help)


See also: Choosing a Help Authoring Tool

For information on the indicated price levels , see Price Levels.










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