Re: ANN: Microsoft update (WinHelp)

Subject: Re: ANN: Microsoft update (WinHelp)
From: Geoff Lane <geoff -at- gjctech -dot- co -dot- uk>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 25 May 2006 12:42:37 +0100

On Thursday, May 25, 2006, Char James-Tanny wrote;

> It talks about the decision to remove WinHelp as a component from
> Vista, and that third-party programs including .hlp files are
> prohibited from redistributing winhelp32.exe.


> "Users who want to view .hlp files must download the program from the
> Microsoft Download Center, and then install it on their computers. The
> download for Windows Help is still in development and will not be
> available for the release of Windows Vista Beta 2."

> AND...

> You are still encouraged to transition any .hlp files to .chm.

... which (unless you reduce security with some Registry hacks) won't
run unless loaded from a local disk, and any uncompiled HTML Help won't
work with the content in a different frame to the TOC or index.
Because most organisations are unhappy about compromising security,
effectively this kills HTML Help for anything not installed on your

FWIW, I've now spent enough time (non-chargeable time) working round
the problems that MS's sledgehammer approach to HTML Help security
issues has caused to seriously affect my income, and I'm going hoarse
from the times I've uttered, "<fe>Thanks, Bill</fe>!" :(



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