This page may be interesting for you http://code.google.com/p/htmlhelp/downloads/list?q=label:CHM
The only problem with the CHM versions of the HTML 4.01 and CSS 2.1 specification on this page is that there are some absolute references to online files (images, css). So when the help is opened IE wants to load these files from WWW. That can be blocked with a personal firewall.
But I favor also complete offline versions. Therefore I downloaded the CHM file for the HTML 4.01 Specification
, extracted the content file html-4.01.hhc
and the index file html-4.01.hhk
and recreated the HtmlHelp project file html-4.01.hhp
. All other files in this CHM are 100% identical to the files on http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/REC-html401-19991224/
which I have had already on my hard disk.
The start page cover.html
contains an image reference to http://www.w3.org/Icons/w3c_home.png
. I downloaded this image, saved it in the subdirectory images
, deleted w3c_home.gif
because not referenced by any file, and edited cover.html accordingly.
Next I detected that all HTML files reference the CSS file http://www.w3.org/StyleSheets/TR/W3C-REC.css
. So I downloaded also this file and saved it in the subdirectory style
. In this CSS file the image file http://www.w3.org/StyleSheets/TR/logo-REC.png
is referenced which I downloaded, saved in the subdirectory images
and corrected the url in the CSS file accordingly. Last I changed all stylesheet references to the local version of W3C-REC.css
After restoring the original file times as much as possible I made the necessary changes on file html-4.01.hhp
and some other small modifications - added button to change font size, set initial width for the left pane and defined the initial coordinates of the window. Finally I recompiled the HtmlHelp project.
The new CHM for the HTML 4.01 Specification is now packed into the RAR archive html401.rar
. This RAR archive contains also the files html-4.01.hhc
, if somebody else wants to make further changes, as well as the complete modified HTML version. The HTML version as well as the CHM version in this archive should be usable now completely in offline mode.