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HTML Help Workshop


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This package was approved by moderator ferventcoder on 3/11/2016.

As an information delivery system, HTML Help is suited for a wide range of applications, including training guides, interactive books, and electronic newsletters, as well as help for software applications.

HTML Help offers some distinct advantages over standard HTML, such as the ability to implement a combined table of contents and index and the use of keywords for advanced hyperlinking capability. The HTML Help compiler (part of the HTML Help Workshop) makes it possible to compress HTML, graphic, and other files into a relatively small compiled help (.chm) file, which can then be distributed with a software application, or downloaded from the Web.

HTML Help consists of an online Help Viewer, related help components, and help authoring tools from Microsoft Corporation. The Help Viewer uses the underlying components of Microsoft Internet Explorer to display help content. It supports HTML, ActiveX, Java, scripting languages (JScript, and Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition), and HTML image formats (.jpeg, .gif, and .png files). The help authoring tool, HTML Help Workshop, provides an easy-to-use system for creating and managing help projects and their related files.

Important Please note that the latest version of the HTML Help technology is 1.4, as is the SDK. The latest version of the HTML Help Workshop download is 1.3. As of March 2012 there is no HTML Help Workshop 1.4.

To install HTML Help Workshop, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install html-help-workshop

To upgrade HTML Help Workshop, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade html-help-workshop


  • tools\chocolateyinstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop';
    $packageName = 'html-help-workshop'
    $url = ''
    $checksum = '53899be5da83419d772d5b97e653da7c'
    # a temporary directory for extracted installer files
    $temp_dir = Join-Path $Env:TEMP ([System.Guid]::NewGuid().ToString())
    New-Item -Type Directory -Path $temp_dir | Out-Null
    # download auto-extracting zip installer
    $htmlhelp_exe = Join-Path $temp_dir "htmlhelp.exe"
    Get-ChocolateyWebFile $packageName $htmlhelp_exe $url -checksum $checksum
    # extract to temporary directory in quiet mode
    $htmlhelp_extracted = Join-Path $temp_dir "htmlhelp"
    Start-ChocolateyProcessAsAdmin "/Q ""/T:$htmlhelp_extracted"" /C" $htmlhelp_exe
    # comment out the line which runs hhupd.exe (the automatic updater) after installation
    # the updater will pop up a dialog telling us we are running the latest version already
    $htmlhelp_install = Join-Path $htmlhelp_extracted "htmlhelp.inf"
    $htmlhelp_install_fixed = Join-Path $htmlhelp_extracted "htmlhelp_fixed.inf"
    (Get-Content $htmlhelp_install) -replace '^\"hhupd.exe /C', ';$0' | Set-Content $htmlhelp_install_fixed
    # find the 32-bit rundll; always install as 32-bit as there is no 64-bit distribution
    $rundll_exe = Join-Path $Env:SystemRoot "System32\rundll32.exe"
    $rundll_exe6432 = Join-Path $Env:SystemRoot "SysWOW64\rundll32.exe"
    $rundll = @($rundll_exe6432,$rundll_exe) | Where { Test-Path $_ } | Select-Object -First 1
    # install from INF
    $section = "" # default entrypoint
    $flags = 3 # LIS_QUIET | LIS_NOGRPCONV
    $reboot = "N"
    Start-ChocolateyProcessAsAdmin "advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection ""$htmlhelp_install_fixed"",$section,$flags,$reboot" $rundll
    # cleanup temp directory
    Remove-Item -Path $temp_dir -Recurse
  • tools\chocolateyuninstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop';
    $packageName = 'html-help-workshop'
    # find the uninstaller
    $machine_key = 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\hhw.exe'
    $machine_key6432 = 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\hhw.exe'
    $htmlhelp_dir = Get-ItemProperty -Path @($machine_key6432,$machine_key) -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue |
      Select-Object -ExpandProperty Path -First 1
    if (-not $htmlhelp_dir) {
      Write-Warning "$packageName has already been uninstalled by other means."
    $htmlhelp_uninstall = Join-Path $htmlhelp_dir "htmlhelp.inf"
    # find the 32-bit rundll
    $rundll_exe = Join-Path $Env:SystemRoot "System32\rundll32.exe"
    $rundll_exe6432 = Join-Path $Env:SystemRoot "SysWOW64\rundll32.exe"
    $rundll = @($rundll_exe6432,$rundll_exe) | Where { Test-Path $_ } | Select-Object -First 1
    # uninstall from INF
    $section = "" # default entrypoint
    $flags = 3 # LIS_QUIET | LIS_NOGRPCONV
    $reboot = "N"
    Start-ChocolateyProcessAsAdmin "advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection ""$htmlhelp_uninstall"",$section,$flags,$reboot" $rundll

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