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Viewing Microsoft Compiled HTML Files (CHM) in OS X

Ted Leung describes how he built xchm which is a X11 app that lets you view Microsoft Compiled Help Files (CHM). THis is really handy although needing X11 is a semi bummer but a liveable one

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I got xchm to build on Mac OS X. This is an open source view for compiled HTML help (CHM) files that are mostly used on Windows. The reason that I wanted xchm is that the Python docs are available in CHM format. The advantage of CHM is that its highly searchable (and you can search when you have no network connectivity). So this is a great way to get goo d access to documentation for Python, which I still need at this point.

CHM files are quite handy under Windows I must admit so it’s good to see a tool to let you view it on OS X

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  1. Ted Leung | December 26, 2003 at 8:15 pm | Permalink


    You don’t need X11. It uses wxWindows which has a native MacOS X port.

  2. Alain Hoang | December 28, 2003 at 6:13 am | Permalink

    Hi Ted!

    Thanks for the clarification. The fact it’s native is definitely better in my book.