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I just found this out today. If you have Books Online installed on your system, did you know you can look at the local content in a regular old web browser? At the top of a Books Online topic, you'll see a URL bar. The URL starts with ms-help://, which is really just another protocol pointing to the installed location of Books Online on your computer. Copy that URL and paste it into a browser, and voila, there it is!
Of course, you can always just go to the web for Books Online and get the content there.
Hmm... The local content url works with IE but not FireFox...
Yes, that's true. The "protocol" (mshelp://) is registered at the Browser level, so each vendor would have to put that in. Not sure Firefox cares about Microsoft SQL Server very much.. :)