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Previous versions of Visual FoxPro used a WinHelp implementation for online help. Since WinHelp is included as part of the operating system, it is possible to simply copy a Windows help file (*.hlp) to the system and expect to be able to view the contents of the help file. Visual FoxPro 6.0 uses the HTML Help system for online context-sensitive help. In order to be able to view the HTML Help file for Visual FoxPro (FoxHelp.chm), the correct version of the HTML Help engine must be present. This article describes how to configure a system with the necessary version of the HTML Help engine without having to install the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN).
Configuring the System with the HTML Help Engine
It is important to recognize that this method of installing online help for Visual FoxPro 6.0 is far from complete. This method enables you to view the Visual FoxPro help topics contained in the Foxhelp.chm file, but it does not provide online help for common components, such as ActiveX controls, Win32 API functions, and so forth. To ensure that you have installed all the documentation for the various components, it is recommended that you install the Microsoft Developer Network.