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June 30, 2005 12:20 pm

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Sean Bernard wrote: “Nearly all electronic documents are currently distributed in two formats. Portable Document Format (PDF) files and Compressed HTML Help
file (CHM) files. SUSE 9.3 ships with several PDF viewers, but no CHM
viewer. My favorite CHM viewer for UNIX (or any other OS for that matter) is
xCHM. I definintely feel that xCHM should be one of Novell’s Cool Tools.

xCHM is a .chm viewer for UNIX (Linux, *BSD, Solaris). Success stories of xCHM on Mac OS X have also been received, and apparently xCHM even works if compiled under the Cygwin environment in Windows.

xCHM can show the contents tree if one is available, print the displayed page, change fonts faces and size, work with bookmarks, do the usual history stunts (forward, back, home), provide a searchable index and seach for text in the whole book. The search is a fast B-tree search, based on the internal $FIftiMain file found inside indexed .chm archives, and it can be customized to search in content or just the topics’ titles.

But all this fancy talk aside, xCHM is little more than a cross-platform GUI interface to CHMLIB, with borrowed bits from Pabs’ chmdeco project.

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