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Derek Read

Reply to: DITA CHM for Chinese and Japanese

Running the software on Windows 2008 is not something we test or support so I can't help there much.

Ultimately, the issue here is HTML Help Workshop. Microsoft does not provide a Unicode-aware version of that software and from what I have read they do not plan to (last release was 2003). Running that software on a machine with the right Windows locale should allow it to produce output for that locale. Using applocale merely lets you run an application using a different Windows locale from your system's locale.

Perhaps you could set up a second (and possibly 3rd) machine just for this purpose running the proper locale (Japanese / Chinese)? It would not need anything but HTML Help Workshop installed in order to complete the last stage in the output generation process (generating the CHM file from the HHP, HHC, HHK inputs).

Another option would be to install everything to “XP Mode” on your Windows 7 box: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

You might also look into the Japanese version of HTML Help Workshop, though I don't know that it will help (and there is no Chinese-specific version): http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=21138