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Redistributing HTML Help Components

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To display HTML Help, a user's computer must have both HTML Help components and Microsoft® Internet Explorer layout engine components installed. If you are creating an Access Runtime application and installing it on a computer that does not have Microsoft® Office 2000 or later installed, the components necessary to display HTML Help might not available. All the components necessary to display HTML Help are installed with any of the following:

  • Microsoft Office 200o or later
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer version 4.0 or later
  • Microsoft Windows 98 or Windows 2000
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server, Windows NT Workstation version 5.0, or Windows 2000 Server

If none of these are available on a user's computer, you will need to redistribute some or all of the components necessary to display HTML Help.

If users have Internet Explorer version 3.02 installed, and the HTML Help system you are distributing doesn't require DHTML or other functionality supported only by Internet Explorer 4.0 or later, you can use the HTML Help Update component (Hhupd.exe) to redistribute HTML Help. In this case, if you use Hhupd.exe to install HTML Help, HTML Help will use the layout engine components of Internet Explorer 3.02. The HTML Help Update component is available from the HTML Help Web site at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms669985(VS.85).aspx.

If the Help system you are distributing requires functionality available only from the layout engine components of Internet Explorer 4.0 or later, users must install the appropriate version of Internet Explorer to install both HTML Help and the necessary layout engine components. If you must redistribute and install Internet Explorer, you can do so by using the Microsoft Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK). For information about obtaining this kit, see the Internet Explorer Administration Kit Web site at http://ieak.microsoft.com/.

See Also

Adding Help to Your Custom Application | HTML Help Tools and Features | What Kinds of Help Systems Can You Create? | Displaying HTML Help | Working with the HTML Help ActiveX Control | Deploying HTML Help

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