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Posted 30 September 2016 - 08:10 PM #1 Windows 10 and WinHelp files

Microsoft is getting rid of the WinHelp format slowly but surely...
They want people to switch from WinHelp (.hlp) to Compiled HTML (.chm) format.
But they won't supply a simple conversion program to turn an hlp into a chm. So for the time being, anyone with a Windows 10 platform won't be able to use the supplied WinHelp, .hlp, help files.
If you could decompile the hlp project you could then convert it to a chm project. But they don't supply a program for that either.

With an offline help file you can add your own corrections, clarifications and updates.

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Posted 01 October 2016 - 09:24 AM #2 Windows 10 and WinHelp files

I'm not really sure why you're posting this here. Blades of Exile's documentation has been HTML (not compiled) for quite awhile now.

(I suppose it might actually be a good idea to compile it into a .chm for Windows users, but I haven't done that.)
Exile 2 Book of Items (I didn't create it, I just converted it to HTML.)

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Posted 01 October 2016 - 11:44 AM #3 Windows 10 and WinHelp files

I loved the old .hlp files, with the little purple books. I liked those just as much as the games they came with. I used to actually use video game manuals as my bedtime reading. Ah, simpler times...

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Posted 01 October 2016 - 05:16 PM #4 Windows 10 and WinHelp files

Compilation is easy with the HTML Workshop...
I am working on a docx version that you can alter any time.

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Posted 02 October 2016 - 08:10 AM #5 Windows 10 and WinHelp files

Uhhh, why would we want a docx version? We're already using HTML for the documentation, so I don't think docx is all that useful.

(You can see the latest version of the docs here. You can also view them on Sylae's site, but those may not be fully up-to-date.)
Exile 2 Book of Items (I didn't create it, I just converted it to HTML.)

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"Dikiyoba just hopes no one ever blows up Saturn. Getting those rings back into their proper position would take hours."

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"I've never played a Spiderweb game. I didn't even know SW made games until I saw this thread." —Nikki

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Posted 02 October 2016 - 04:47 PM #6 Windows 10 and WinHelp files

You can do your own editing of the files to correct mistakes and unclear parts...

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Posted 04 October 2016 - 06:30 AM #7 Windows 10 and WinHelp files

You can do that with HTML too.
Exile 2 Book of Items (I didn't create it, I just converted it to HTML.)

"Man, I know how you feel. I once spent an hour playing WordPad before realising that it was a text editor." – Thuryl

"Dikiyoba just hopes no one ever blows up Saturn. Getting those rings back into their proper position would take hours."

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"I've never played a Spiderweb game. I didn't even know SW made games until I saw this thread." —Nikki

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Posted 05 October 2016 - 12:19 AM #8 Windows 10 and WinHelp files

Handy if you can download the entire online help site as one Chm file. This can be done with HTML Help Workshop...

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Posted 05 October 2016 - 11:35 AM #9 Windows 10 and WinHelp files

Well, I won't object if you want to compile the HTML files into a chm. I might do it myself someday, but I don't consider it high priority.
Exile 2 Book of Items (I didn't create it, I just converted it to HTML.)

"Man, I know how you feel. I once spent an hour playing WordPad before realising that it was a text editor." – Thuryl

"Dikiyoba just hopes no one ever blows up Saturn. Getting those rings back into their proper position would take hours."

"—Alorael, who spells phoenetically. No matter how much his orthography is a wreck, intelligibility rises from the ashes."

"I've never played a Spiderweb game. I didn't even know SW made games until I saw this thread." —Nikki





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