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VFP 9 SP2 Help Fix: Glitches

As I noted last night, a new version of the VFP 9 SP2 Help file is available for download.

I have reviewed the new Help file and it does have a couple cosmetic issues, which in my opinion are minor compared to the advantage of including the 600+ missing index items. There is one unexpected minor improvement too, and I found a more serious problem, but it is not a show stopper in my opinion.

Cosmetic issues:

  1. Blue header section is white.
  2. Header section is rearranged a bit.
  3. Parameters are no longer bold.
  4. Microsoft copyright missing at the bottom (maybe this could be to our advantage. {evil grin}
  5. See Also sections with different References and Other Resources subsections are all merged under Concepts.
  6. Help title would be better as Visual FoxPro 9.0 SP2 instead of dv_foxhelp91.

Cosmetic improvements:

  1. Code is more readable without extra white space.

Real problems:

  1. The only serious problem I have found in my limited testing the Favorites are missing. I am not talking about my favorite topics (those always seem to get lost when updating CHM files), but the entire tab and feature is missing. I use this a lot and it will be a big hit my productivity. It won’t stop me from using this version of the Help file.
  2. Internal links are broken on a number of pages (thanks to Andrzej for pointing this out to me and posting an image on the Foxite Upload site), also not a show stopper.
  3. PEM links are broken on pages for all objects I have looked at. This is definitely a serious problem so you have a choice, missing PEMs (used all the time by some people), or missing index entries in original SP2 Help. Both have a common workaround, use the Search page.

[RAS (26-Apr-2008 @ 10:30AM) - Updated to reflect internal links broken]
[RAS (28-Apr-2008 @ 2:26PM) - Updated to reflect PEM comment I posted yesterday, but not read by some readers based on posted feedback I have read]


6 Responses to “VFP 9 SP2 Help Fix: Glitches”

  1. April 27th, 2008 at 09:23 | #1

    Hi Rick,

    A real problem reported by Sergey Berezniker at UT:


    All links in the pages of the Object Properties, Methods, and Events are missing.

    Luis María Guayán
    Tucumán, Argentina
    SysOp de http://www.PortalFox.com
    Microsoft Visual FoxPro MVP

  2. April 27th, 2008 at 13:03 | #2

    Yes, the PEMs is a serious problem.

  3. May 1st, 2008 at 13:55 | #3

    - The bold parameters is not a cosmetic problem, it causes a usability problem, that is a bit serious
    - The searh tab is just an editbox and a button! Where are the clickable columns in the results and all the other options in that tab?

  4. May 1st, 2008 at 14:29 | #4

    In a telephone call with YAG, he mentioned to unblock the file with the method listed over at http://www.craigberntson.com/blog/2008/04/new-vfp-help-file-available.asp .

    I don’t have any unblock option. I think the download should be pulled, and totally reworked.


  5. May 1st, 2008 at 14:50 | #5


    I agree with the issues of the search tab, it has to do with complex searching being turned on if I remember correctly.

    As to the bold parameters: I agree with your point, but it is a cosmetic issue triggering a usability problem for you.


  6. May 1st, 2008 at 14:58 | #6


    The “unblock” issue is not specific to this CHM file, this is an issue associated with OS/IE security and any downloaded CHM file. If you look on Rick Strahl’s blog he has pointed to several resources to solve this problem:

    Rick Strahl’s fix for downloaded CHMs

    So the problem with the unblocking would happen whether this was a good help file (content, layout and functionality) or not.

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