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

  • From: "Holdsworth, Lynn" <Lynn.Holdsworth@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2007 12:13:26 +0100

Jamal, you are a folk hero! Thank you. 

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[mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jamal Mazrui
Sent: 29 September 2007 15:28
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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
ADO.NET.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 Debugging.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 Interoperability.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 QuickStarts.txt
Remote Objects.txt Remote.txt Security.txt Serialization.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.Configuration.txt System.Diagnostics.txt
System.Drawing.txt System.Net.txt System.Text.txt System.Web
Namespace.txt System.Web.txt System.Web.UI.txt System.Windows.Forms.txt
System.XML.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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