HtmlHelp status, winecfg and SoC proposal
jacek at codeweavers.com
Sun Mar 4 16:22:30 CST 2007
As you may have noticed, I've been working on HtmlHelp lately. Currently
it should generally work, but still there is a lot to do. HTML should be
correctly displayed and content tab should work. I was thinking about
making more use of it in Wine. I think winecfg could benefit from it. We
could easily add context help to winecfg using HtmlHelp API. Even just
integrating a part of Wine User's Guide would be a good start. The main
problem is building chm file (that is the file format of HtmlHelp).
Microsoft has a HtmlHelp compiler (hhc) for it. We'd need something
similar in Wine. AFAIK there is no good open source replacement.
HtmlHelp maker (hhc, see ) doesn't create internal files (parts of
chm that describes stuff like index or default topic) and it's GPLed so
it's useless for Wine (unless author would relicense it for us). I think
it would be a good project for Google Summer of Code. The task would be
to write a hhc replacement and add a help option to winecfg. hhc
replacement (say whhc) would have to be a plain UNIX tool (it means a
bit of code duplication with itss.dll, just like we do in widl) so we
could use it during compilation. I think its difficulty is good for SoC.
Compressing code may be integrated from some other project. The
remaining parts are code of parser of files describing chm and a little
winecfg hacking. What do you think?
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