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Re: [XBoard-devel] GPL and WinHelp

From: Eric Mullins
Subject: Re: [XBoard-devel] GPL and WinHelp
Date: Tue, 07 Jul 2009 10:13:20 -0600
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h.g. muller wrote:
OK, that is at least something. There still remains a pretty bad
problem, though. In a sense a magnified version of the problem
that was already signalled in another thread here.

It will not be able to build WinBoard from source for someone
that does not have the HTML Help Workshop installed. That was
also the case with the old WinHelp, but there the Workshop was
only needed for generating docs. So the makefile could be
easily changed, or a fake help file supplied, so the make
process would not abort and a winboard.exe would be produced.

But now the Workshop is needed for the building of winboard.exe

How come the old WinBoard did not need a library to define the
function WinHelp() ? Was there a non-proprietary replacement
for that?
One of my projects avoids this problem by employing a helper application for facilitating html help calls. In that case, it was to work around issues with htmlhelp, but it does have the nice effect of localizing the usage of htmlhelp.lib to a small dedicated external application while removing the need for htmlhelp.lib from the main app.

Unfortunately, the app/helper is not open source, but I'd be happy to help out if this route is appealing. Then to build the helper, they would need the workshop installed. But generally you wouldn't want to do that for such a specialized app that already works.

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