Cannot open winboard.hlp under Windows 10

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Cannot open winboard.hlp under Windows 10

Postby Roland Chastain » 04 Mar 2019, 19:59

Hello!

I am using Winboard 4.8.0b under Windows 10. When I try to open the help (by clicking on the menu item), my web browser opens this Microsoft page, while winboard.chm is also opened.

Would it be possible in a future version to prevent the Microsoft page to be opened?

Thank you. Best regards.

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Re: Cannot open winboard.hlp under Windows 10

Postby H.G.Muller » 05 Mar 2019, 08:50

This happens because WinBoard tries to first start the old Windows Help viewer on the old help file, and when that does not succeed, opens the new viewer to show the chm file.

Unfortunately MicroSoft at some point installed a system where starting the old Help viewer always 'succeeds', but where success was redefined as showing this web page, rather than the .hlp file. WinBoard of course does not know that it launched a defective .hlp viewer, so it never gets to start the .chm viewer.

I guess the solution should be to abandon the .hlp support altogether, and have WinBoard always and only attempt to show the .chm file.
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Re: Cannot open winboard.hlp under Windows 10

Postby Roland Chastain » 05 Mar 2019, 12:56

Thank you for your answer. I better understand now.

By the way, the more I use Winboard, the more I love it. I am working on a French translation. Maybe I will open a discussion about that, when I have finished my first draft.
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