[GNC-dev] Greetings & Windows Build

John Ralls jralls at ceridwen.us
Sat Jul 24 13:06:18 EDT 2021


Thanks indeed for clarifying that.


It'll be interesting to see how it goes with WSL. I don't think anyone else has tried yet.

setup-mingw64.ps1 has two tests for html help workshop: First it looks for a registry key, hkcu:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\HTML Help Workshop\InstallDir and tests that it exists, then it looks for c:\Windows\System32\hhctrl.ocx and if it's not there quits with a message that something is wrong with the setup.

Can you tell which part is failing, and can you fiddle your htmlhelp.exe setup so that it doesn't?

John Ralls

> On Jul 23, 2021, at 9:40 PM, Leif Segen <leif.nabil.segen at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks, John, for the welcome!
> Taniguichi, thanks for sharing what you found. Once I used the file from
> archive.org to install htmlhelp, I also was stuck on the powershell script
> not recognizing the manually installed htmlhelp.exe.
> So far, I've switched to trying to set things up via Windows Subsystem for
> Linux (Ubuntu 18.04). Still installing the dependencies at the moment.
> Leif
> On Fri, Jul 23, 2021 at 11:21 PM Yasuaki Taniguchi/谷口康明 <yasuakit at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> This problem is also affect to me.
>>> That's interesting, help worked from GnuCash the last time I tested it
>> and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Compiled_HTML_Help says that
>> it's still supported. I'm away from my Windows VM until Monday so I can't
>> double-check. Isn't the help viewer hh.exe rather than help.exe?
>>> There is no "dev onboarding process", it's an all-volunteer force. If
>> you already know C or Scheme (ideally both and C++ too) then find a bug
>> that bugs you and write a PR. Lather, rinse, repeat. Please look over
>> https://wiki.gnucash.org/wiki/Development and everything linked to it for
>> general guidance on style, PR submission guidance, and so on.
>> HTML Help workshop is still supported. But we, new developers, can't
>> download it anymore in proper way and license.
>> Microsoft remove the installer htmlhelp.exe from their website.
>> According to the guidelines
>> https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/design/in-app-help/guidelines-for-app-help
>> and
>> https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/design/in-app-help/external-help
>> ,
>> it is recommended to use external help for "detailed tutorials,
>> advanced functions, or libraries of help topics".
>> So we have to consider to use external link or other format for help
>> manual and guide, at least on Windows.
>> Regards,
>> --
>> TANIGUCHI Yasuaki (谷口康明)
>>  yasuakit at gmail.com
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