hi. i just had a good idea today... although i'm pretty sure i lack the skills necessary to do it at this time. and i'm also not sure how i can do it. what i would like is a web based "help" file if you will that would allow me to search for functions based on their name and also based on the included file name. for example i could search for "genFunc.asp" and it would show me a list of all the functions in that file. i could also search for "getProductID" and it would show me which file that function was contained in. i would also like to be able to view a "detail" page on any specfic function which would show the function definition. if there were any other functions within that function it would be hyperlinked to it's respective function "detail" page. and the same thing would happen on this page. i.e. the function would be displayed and any functions contained within that function would be clickable. this is a really great idea IMHO. any ideas on how i can write an app that can build help files such as these instead of entering the functions one by one into a relational database? i imagine i could use perl to build a list of hierarchical chart based on one file using regular expressions. however i'm stuck at not knowing how to use perl at all. i'm using win2k advanced server with activestates active perl already installed, i've just never tried to use it. if possible, could someone show me a quick and simple example of accessing a file using perl on win2k? thanks, chris. p.s. is there anything out there that can already do this?