Read Chm files?


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Howard Schwartz

Does any freeware but the dreaded, IE, read microsoft's html help files, or
`chm' files?
 
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Shadow

Does any freeware but the dreaded, IE, read microsoft's html help files, or
`chm' files?

You could always decompile the chm files and read them as html in most
any browser, Microsoft's help files on the other hand can be printed
out to a hard copy, get ready for a massive use of paper and ink.

If you dislike Microsoft so much why in hell would you want to read
their help files in the first place and that also applies to
Microsoft's proprietary chm format as well?

Shadow
 
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Lou

Howard said:
Does any freeware but the dreaded, IE, read microsoft's html help files, or
`chm' files?

Any browser should read html. Do not know what .chm are.
 
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Howard Schwartz

Current versions of 7-Zip will unpackage chm files

Usually, decompiling chm files into uncompressed html files is impractical:
YOu tend to get dozens or hundreds of individual files that do not include
an index or contents file, making these files hard to read and taking up
mucho disk space.
 
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Howard Schwartz

Someone mentioned xCHM a few months ago: http://xchm.sourceforge.net/

xCHM started as a way to view chm files, while running linux or other
version of unix. What the fourceforge page offers is Xchm - an interface to
the libraries needed for chm files. To actually use this, one needs to
compile the library files for windows. I have not found binary files,
already compiled and ready to view windows files --- for windows.
 
H

Howard Schwartz

f you dislike Microsoft so much why in hell would you want to read
their help files in the first place and that also applies to
Microsoft's proprietary chm format as well?

Because, as I stated, many many freeware authors use chm files for their
application's help. I suppose I could abandon windows altogether, but
alas, even linux applications use chm files for help.
 
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B. R. 'BeAr' Ederson

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Shadow

Because, as I stated, many many freeware authors use chm files for their
application's help. I suppose I could abandon windows altogether, but
alas, even linux applications use chm files for help.

Strange world isn't it, when even the mighty linux would stoop so low
as to use a Microsoft proprietary file format for anything, and of
course MAC's are better, but wait, doesn't MAC also use some Microsoft
proprietary software as well? If the MAC world is so great why would
they stoop that low as well. Sure makes one wonder at the absurdity of
open source when only OS's other than Microsoft is calling for open
source. When one wonders is MAC going to open itself up?, when a cold
day in hell arrives I assume! I'm all for free software myself, but
when I depend on software working and a OS that I can truly rely on to
meet my needs, it sure isn't Linux or MAC. Freeware designers know a
good thing when they see it as well and use the best file format
available to them in creating help files. Maybe one of these days
FireFox will get around to a file format of its own as well.

Please feel free to flame, rant and rave, etc., etc.

Shadow
 
C

Chris Lee

Because, as I stated, many many freeware authors use chm files for
their
application's help. I suppose I could abandon windows altogether,
but
alas, even linux applications use chm files for help.

Name *ONE* ot these "linux applications" that isn't a port of LAME WINDOWS
SHARE/CRIPPLEWARE.

Sorry to break it to you moron, but Native Linux Software *DOESN'T* use chm
files for help or anything else for that matter.
 
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Howard Schwartz

t uses some IExplorer libraries to render
pages.

Can one find out which so one can throw the rest of IE off ones conputer
with the help of 98lite or some such?
 

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