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Would you expect your car to run if you took the engine out? Webhelp is driven by all the wh* stuff so you might find it doesn't run too well without them.
Let me refine that. You might be able to remove some but you would have to do some serious testing, is it worth the effort just to save a bit of disk space?
Just to amplify a bit,
Some of these files are "duplicates" -- that is, they have the same text content -- but code is customized for browsers other than IE and for IE browsers earlier than 5.5. There may be some differences between IE 5.5 and IE 6; I'm not sure.
And you shouldn't assume that the latest IE browsers refer only to the whxdata folder. As Peter says, you would need thorough testing.
Finally, as a reminder and for forum readers who may not have seen this advice:
Each merged project has its own set of these three folders, which the master project uses to assemble TOC, Index and Search databases on the fly. So even though they have identical names, they are not duplicate or redundant. Let them be.
Thanks, all. I had hoped to eliminate files associated with browsers that we didn't support anyway, but I agree that it's better to take the more cautious approach. Even if I could devote lots of time to testing, there's no guarantee that I'd be able to simulate all the possible variations in user environments.