Thanks for the suggestion, Grant, but I’m not clear on whether it supports 
Windows 7. We’ll look into it.

Yup, Rob confirmed that MS Help Viewer only works with Visual Studio. So it 
looks like we’re stuck with MS HTML Help (.chm), which is a bit more modern 
than WinHelp. Eclipse Help and OmniHelp are also still in the running. We found 
that we can do a rudimentary context-sensitive help with any of them if we link 
to a URL and don’t try to link to a mid-page anchor.

Thanks to everyone who responded. With your help, we are very close to making a 

Fei Min
From: []
Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 7:48 PM
To: Robert Lauriston
Cc: Fei Min Lorente;
Subject: Re: Choosing a Help Format

Not only that, but MS stopped support  for the 32-bit help viewer. ( 
However, they do still distribute it , 
albeit with some fairly scary warnings.

There is an alternative viewer: Help Explorer Viewer (

Grant Hogarth

> On November 27, 2013 at 9:41 AM Robert Lauriston 
> <<>> wrote:
> There's no free runtime help viewer? That would explain why no one
> uses that format.
> On Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 7:54 AM, Fei Min Lorente
> <<>> wrote:
> > We’ve been in touch with Rob Chandler (creator of mshcMigrate) and he’s
> > helped us realize that I might have been describing our challenge
> > incorrectly. The developers are using VS 2010 to create an application that
> > will run independently from Visual Studio, using .NET 4.0 as the framework.
> > From everything we’ve read, it seems that MS Help Viewer only works if
> > Visual Studio is installed; is that right?


You are currently subscribed to framers as

Send list messages to

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
or visit

Send administrative questions to Visit for more resources and info.

Reply via email to