I believe that man search path for man files, can be altered via env variable. recompling is not necessary.
Use elinks and shell script for retrieving man html from a webserver:
elinks is a scriptable browser. If that was installed along with a simple man.sh script it could be made to look up html man pages installed on a school server or one of the standard html man web sites. An example of such a script is at . Note the author of this script (man) is still working on it and the script will change Tinker 20:47, 21 June 2008 (EDT)