[sword-devel] .chm Files

Jerry Hastings sword-devel@crosswire.org
Mon, 06 May 2002 09:44:38 -0700

It has been a long time since I looked at what it takes to install the help 
viewer, and I don't remember if there was a way without IE. Take a look at: 
http://mvps.org/htmlhelpcenter/hhsysreq.htm . Just what files you need 
depend on what OS version you have. You will probably have to do at least a 
"minimal install" of IE, (/M:0)  to get it to work.

Another thing you can do, is decompile the chm file. You need something 
like the HTML Help Workshop (free download from MS). That will create a 
bunch of html and graphic files, and a few other files. All the text for 
the topics in the chm will be in the HTML files and you can read them in 
any browser. The index and TOC will not be useable, but you can use Windows 
Start/Find(Search)/FilesOrFolders to find things.

If Sword.chm is removed from the help folder, index.html will try to load 
in your browser instead of loading the chm file. So, if you can create an 
index.html file you can make links in it to the files from the decompiled 
chm file. Or, there may be a way to convert the hhk and  hhc files in the 
chm into an index.html file.


At 06:45 PM 5/5/2002 -0700, Dan Bertles wrote:
>Does anyone remember exactly which files are necessary to read .chm/help 
>I recently had to reinstall windows and refuse to reinstall IExplorer 5+ 
>of the security issues and the way it affects my system.  A long time ago 
>I was
>able to install just the files necessary for this, but don't remember what 
>they are.