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HXS is the most recent change in Windows help files. In Windows 95 Microsoft used. HLP help files for documentation. HLP files have a maroon book icon later changed to a blue circle with an "i" or "?
It must be installed. If you ended up here because you want to open. When the Internet craze hit, circa , Microsoft began to "webbify" everything in sight. One such casualty was the HLP file and the Windows help system. In case anyone missed that point, the standard design for the first page in CHM files, for a long time, included an animated GIF of a spinning globe that seemed to say, "Look!
This is webby! The file extension is. Worse, they are not compatible with current Windows help. HXS files require their own reader, which is part of the Visual Studio. Net product and is not available as standalone software or as a Windows update. Net on Windows 7? You may have difficulty. The system is designed to only work well if you buy Visual Studio. Net, buy the latest version of Windows, and then write. Net software on your new Windows PC. Microsoft also decided to be "less than truthful" in their SDK documentation at some point, misleading people about the viability of older Microsoft products.
Microsoft has provided such false information throughout the API docs, essentially denying the existence of older Windows versions. Microsoft seem to have changed the way they create HXS files, at least in some cases. The new version was resulting in empty CHM files. See the help file in the download for a full explanation. This latest update is a fix for that problem. Both consist of a collection of webpages, images, CSS files, etc. And both usually include files that provide the index and table-of-contents functionality.
But the two formats are close enough to allow for conversion. In fact, they are just different enough to ensure incompatibility. Surprise, surprise. This script is simple to use but requires minor editing to set custom options and required values, such as the path to the HTML Help compiler. It puts the whole operation into a convenient webpage interface, so that everyone can convert HXS files easily, without needing to know about scripting or webpage coding.
If you know about CSS you can even customize the appearance of the resulting help file, in terms of colors, fonts, layout, etc. The script then creates an HTA webpage help reader for the extracted help files, with a single, common index.
The idea here is to create something akin to the MSDN help reader. The converter is entirely written in VBScript. It does not require. The conversion process is entirely automated, but those two programs must be installed.
Technical details See the documentation in the download for thorough information about how the scripts work and for the update history. HXS files are similar. And they may or may not contain an index file. The basic idea is the same: A collection of webpages compressed into a single file, with links, index and table of contents. Example: The document object topic page for Internet Explorer does not provide an option to show all properties and methods at once.
One has to click the "Properties" link to see the list of properties, then click a button to expand the viewport. Then to see the methods list, the "Methods" link must be clicked The result looks clever but is maddeningly difficult to use. The converter scripts include options to remove all such nonsense during the conversion process.
Did you know that all CHM files can have a Favorites panel? A Favorites panel allows you to save links to often-visited topic pages. But the Favorites panel, inexplicably, is disabled by default, so most CHM files do not show it! Using these HXS converter tools you can not only convert HXS to CHM but also improve the resulting help in the process by customizing the appearance for readability, improving the functionality, and adding a Favorites panel.
What does this mean for Windows programmers and others? Net, the situation is even worse. The result is up-to-date documentation -- in your choice of fonts, colors, etc. Other issues: HLP files:.
They no longer officially support their own help file format! You can get it directly from Microsoft, but they insist on "validation" for that. Validation means that you allow Microsoft to snoop around on your PC, allegedly to make sure you have a legal copy of Windows.
HLP is based on RichText format. There is in-depth, clear and helpful information about the details you need to know here. Gokora Now I am confused how to use this file as help provider for my application.
I understand that a hxs file is a compiled help file, a replacement for. Friday, Convery 18, 4: But it does require two things to do its work: Microsoft has provided such false information throughout the API docs, essentially denying the existence xonvert older Windows versions. When I try opening the file with dexplore, it asks me to save the file nxs disk, or open with another program.
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Convert HXS to CHM
HXS is the most recent change in Windows help files. In Windows 95 Microsoft used. HLP help files for documentation. HLP files have a maroon book icon later changed to a blue circle with an "i" or "? It must be installed. If you ended up here because you want to open. When the Internet craze hit, circa , Microsoft began to "webbify" everything in sight.
::Features - Batch HXS to Word Converter
You may have. Hi, I would like to file to a web documentation actually a collection of html files. I tried to decompile it using and it did creates html. How do you open a hxs file? You can also decompile hxs using HxComp. There are 3 main script tools in this download: Using these HXS converter tools you can not only convert HXS to CHM but also improve the resulting help in the process by customizing the appearance for readability, improving the functionality, and adding a Favorites panel.
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