|I am trying not to use Microsoft products. If you remove the dependency on Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine, maybe I'll consider your software.
Today's software is so complex and interconnected that it's
folly to contemplate writing an application from the ground up
without some dependencies.
Microsoft Internet Explorer has been freely available since
1995. In fact, it has been pre-installed on every new
personal computer using any of the Windows operating systems since
1998. It coexists with other browsers and does not need to
be used as a browser per se. The requirement for its
installation is simply to allow for the proper installation of the
DLL's and custom controls used by for the HTML Help utility used
by The Compleat Botanica.
Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine is also freely
distributed. It is simply the best embedded database for
optimized queries and very large databases running on the Windows