[sword-devel] WIN32RC4 available

Jerry Hastings sword-devel@crosswire.org
Tue, 18 Apr 2000 18:17:42 -0700

At 10:08 PM 4/17/2000 +0100, aaron@smith.co.uk wrote:
>please could you explain more about this. sorry for being slow...

I think this was meant for me.

MS has provided a way to create and view compiled HTML based help files, 
*.chm. They look a lot like the old RTF helps, but with the features of 
HTML. Beginning with Win98 everything needed for them to work is installed 
with the OS. A basic set of files is also installed with IE 3.0 and 
everything with IE 4.0 and better. So, a win95 system with IE 3.0 or better 
should be able to view chm files.  The main files can also be upgraded by 
installing hhupd.exe, (win95 still needs IE). However, the files are kind 
of touchy. Sometimes, when upgrading or reinstalling the OS, or a program 
that also installs these files, older version of the files sometimes get 
mixed with newer ones and then you get errors when reading the chm files. 
Often, errors are fixed by installing hhupd.exe or by replacing the files 
from the Windows CD. Other errors can come from a bad hh.dat file, (also 
hhcolor.dat in Win2000). Some errors can be fixed by deleting one or both 
of these files, which Windows will rebuild when needed.

It should be noted that just viewing a chm file does not install any 
programs. If you find you have a problem viewing chm files, the problem was 
already there and you are just finding out about it. Also, I am sure that 
installing Sword does not change any of the files, and is not part of the 

So, what to do when you have a problem?

1) If you have win95 make sure you have a working copy of IE 3 or better.

2) Get a copy of hhupd.exe and install. (or on win2000 use the CD to 
replace bad files)

3) Use Start/Find to find hh.dat (and hhcolor.dat on win2000) and delete them.

4) Sometimes nothing but formatting and reinstalling Windows will fix 
it.  Why? I don't know.