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How can I configure Python Help into VS?

Apr 1, 2012 at 4:32 AM

Windows Python distributions (e.g. CPython 3.2) have a Doc folder with a useful *.chm help file.  

I'd like that help to be available from the Visual Studio Help menu when using the PTVS tools.  (Or perhaps integrated into VS in some other convenient way.)

The VS Help Library Manager wants a *.msha manifest file. 

Is there some Python help resource that I can plug into Visual Studio, or has someone wrapped the existing help from the Python distro, or does someone know what I'd have to do to create such a resource?




Nov 20, 2012 at 5:36 PM


Nov 20, 2012 at 11:04 PM

This might not be the best experience, but you can open inside of VS and view the on-line help.  You can do that with View->Other Windows->Web Browser and then paste the URL in.  I'm not sure of a way to open the CHM from inside of VS though.  I'd also suggest open a feature request against PTVS and we can look into doing this internally, it should be possible as the help file is ultimately just compiled HTML.