[l2h] Support for a cross-platform HTML document viewer application (and .hhc files)
Sun, 25 Aug 2002 08:43:06 -0700 (PDT)
I tried out latex2html and it works great.
I was wondering if there is any capacity to generate a
.hhc file (I looked through the documentation and
couldn't find any mention).
An .hhc file is a Html Help Contents file. It is just
an SGML list of links to make a tree heirarchy of
contents. It is used to make the MS Help .CHM files.
However, there is now a free open-source
cross-platform version of this type of help file spec.
It is called HelpView. Some screenshots and download
links are here:
The nice thing is that it allows a user to do a nice
client-side search of the html documents, on a
book-to-book basis, as well as the compression of the
html to shrink the needed harddrive space.
The implementation is pretty straightforward. There is
(a) The html documents, as generated by latex2html.
(b) A .hhc file, which is exactly the same as the
"Contents" hierarchy of hyperlinks in a latex2html
document, except that <a> tags are replaced with
(c) A five line text file called a .hhp (html help
project) file that just gives the name of the book,
and tells which page is the first page to display.
These 3 parts get zipped up into a single zip file
which can be then distributed. The viewer application
just reads the zipped file.
It seems like it wouldn't be more than a half-hour to
implement, if the capacity isn't there already. My
Perl skills are not strong, but I am willing to assist
in any way.
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