Without a doubt, BizTalk Documenter is my favorite documentation tool, and I do think that if each product had a tool like for the generation of technical documentation, it would be simpler to do, as the existing documentation significantly improved. I do miss this kind of tool for Azure Integration projects.
each time I install this tool I always got the exact same problem:
Unable to locate the help compiler executable
which I know well, and I know why since it was very well explained by Mitch Vanhelden in this blog post.
So, why this blog post?
Well, for two main reasons:
always searching to find the link to the component I need to install;
this is just an easy personal reminder;
second and most important, the link to the resource that Mitch point is
obsolete and not working anymore;
Has Mitch explained in his blog post, the
reason for this is quite clear, the application can’t locate the help compiler
executable, either because:
isn’t installed à most common situation
it is also possible if you’re working on a 64-bit machine.
Make sure you have installed the HTML Help
Workshop compiler because this is the most common cause for this issue and if
- First, download and install this compiler that can be found here: HTML Help Workshop and Documentation;
- And then install it, by executing the htmlhelp.exe file
- On the HTML Help Workshop 1.3 screen, click Yes
the HTML Help Workshop 1.3 Setup screen, click Yes
the installation directory and then click OK
finally, when the installation finish, click OK
After these steps, you should be able to
generate the BizTalk Server documentation form the tool. Otherwise, make sure
that the path to this help compiler is configured correctly in BizTalk
to the installation path of BizTalk Documenter
default: C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft ServicesBizTalk Documenter
Microsoft.Services.Tools.BiztalkDocumenter.exe.config file and validate
and, if necessary, change the path for the HelpCompilerLocation key
that needs to contain the correct path to the HTML Help Workshop compiler