Re: .NET 2.0 documentation converted from HXS to structured text

  • From: "Octavian Rasnita" <orasnita@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 18:37:49 +0300

Oh great! I thought it is not possible to get that text from those files.

I've seen that they are not so nice formatted as a book, but at least their content is very accessible.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Jamal Mazrui" <empower@xxxxxxxxx> To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>; <program-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>; <guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, September 29, 2007 5:27 PM
Subject: .NET 2.0 documentation converted from HXS to structured text

Now available at

This large zip archive (about 25 megabytes compressed) contains structured
text versions of documentation for developing with the Microsoft .NET 2.0
Framework.  The documentation was converted from files in Microsoft Help 2
format (.hxs extension) that were installed with the Express Editions of
Visual C# 2005, Visual Basic 2005, and SQL Server 2005.  The purpose is to
provide an alternate format that may be easier to search, browse, and read
for some users of screen reader programs, as compared to the nonvisual
usability provided by Microsoft Document Explorer or other readers of the
native help format.

The .hxs files were initially converted to HTML with ABC Amber HXS
Converter, which is commercially available from

Subsequently, Custom utilities eliminated redundant header or footer lines
and created structured text that may be used with any text reader.  Such
use is particularly convenient with programs that implement the "Homer
editor interface," e.g., EdSharp, which is freely available at

About 90 File names, -- listed below -- were changed from cryptic
abbreviations to meaningful phrases by inspecting their initial content.
Since the conversions involve approximations, they are intended to make
valuable content more accessible, rather than attempt error-free

Jamal Mazrui

[List of files included in]

.NET Framework Deployment Features.txt
.NET Framework Tools.txt
About Visual Studio Express Help.txt
Accessibility for People with Disabilities.txt
Accessing Data.txt
ASP.NET Reference.txt
Building ASP.NET Applications.txt
Building, Debugging, and Testing.txt
C# Compiler Options.txt
C# Programming Guide.txt
ClickOnce Reference.txt
Code Snippets Schema Reference.txt
Component Model.txt
Configuring ASP.NET Applications.txt
Creating Windows-based Applications.txt
Customizing and Automating the Development Environment.txt
Debugging in Visual Studio.txt
Debugging Native Code.txt
Debugging Web Applications.txt
Deploying Applications and Components.txt
Design Guidelines for Developing Class Libraries.txt
Designing and Viewing Classes and Types.txt
Developing Custom ASP.NET Server Controls.txt
Development Fundamentals.txt
Editing Code and Resource Files.txt
Encoding and Localization.txt
Getting Started with the .NET Framework.txt
Getting Started with Visual Studio.txt
Graphics and Drawing in Windows Forms.txt
Guidelines and Best Practices.txt
Help for Visual Basic 6.0 Users.txt
How to Create a Simple-Bound Control on a Windows Form.txt
How-to and Walkthrough Directory.txt
Managing Solutions, Projects, and Files.txt
Microsoft Document Explorer Help.txt
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition Books Online.txt
Navigating Through Code.txt
New in the .NET Framework.txt
Overview of Visual Database Tools.txt
Project Error Messages.txt
Putting Controls on Windows Forms.txt
Remote Objects.txt
Setting Editor Options.txt
Side-by-Side Execution.txt
Solution, Project, and File User Interface Elements.txt
SQL Errors.txt
System Namespace.txt
System Requirements.txt
System.Web Namespace.txt
Transaction Processing.txt
Using the Toolbox.txt
Viewing Classes, Members, and Symbols.txt
Visual Basic Express Sample Applications.txt
Visual Basic Guided Tour.txt
Visual Basic Language Concepts.txt
Visual Basic Programming Guide.txt
Visual Basic Sample Applications.txt
Visual C# Code Editor Features.txt
Visual C# Express.txt
Visual C# Samples.txt
Visual Database Tools.txt
Visual Studio Commands and Switches.txt
Visual Studio Error Messages.txt
Visual Studio Reference.txt
Visual Studio Settings.txt
Visual Studio Template Schema Reference.txt
Web Services.txt
Windows Forms Applications in the .NET Framework.txt
Windows Forms Controls.txt
Working with Classes and Other Types.txt
Writing Serviced Components.txt
XML Documents and Data.txt
XML Editor.txt
XML Standards Reference.txt
XML Web Services.txt

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