RE: Expando type links - exposing the result in a HAT

Subject: RE: Expando type links - exposing the result in a HAT
From: Guy McDonald <GMcDonald -at- lgc -dot- com>
To: "'Daniel Ng'" <kjng -at- gprotechnologies -dot- com>, "'techwr-l List'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 06:49:06 -0500

Daniel, thank you for your response. However, my question wasn't directed at how to create a simple drop-down link.

To clarify, I have a javascript that performs the simple functions you would find in a DHTML drop-down link. However, it goes beyond the usual drop-down link, which requires two clicks to expand/collapse. My script works fine, and collapses the previously expanded drop-down text when a user clicks on another link to expand the text of interest.

The problem with my script is that I have to manually insert the answer within the HTML and not via the HAT interface.

The solution I am after is a div-tag driven link that:

1. Swaps out the image (up/down arrow) and collapses any previously expanded text
2. Can be easily edited in the HAT with no need to look at the underlying HTML.

The key here is a script that calls into div tags. I do believe that what I am after could be easily done in a table, but that is not a desired solution.

Thanks,



Guy McDonald


-----Original Message-----
From: Daniel Ng [mailto:kjng -at- gprotechnologies -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 11:31 PM
To: Guy McDonald; 'techwr-l List'
Subject: RE: Expando type links - exposing the result in a HAT

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What you described is called in drop-down link
We use flare here and what you want to accomplish is a Drop-Down link

Its possible in
- RoboHelp
- Flare
- HelpStudio
- DocToHelp
- Help and Manual
And practically all the other good HATTs. Probably named more or less the
same thing 'a drop-down link'.

A close-cousin to this is the Expanding text link. But that's for another
day

Daniel

-----Original Message-----
From: Guy McDonald [mailto:GMcDonald -at- lgc -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 3:14 AM
To: techwr-l List
Subject: Expando type links - exposing the result in a HAT

Hi all -

Anyone have any luck exposing a Question/Answer DHTML like effect, similar
to what you find in MS Office 2003 help, in either the RoboHELP or
Dreamweaver editors? Specifically, exposing the answer for ease of input in
the HAT?

The question is a link with a swappable image arrow with viewable text
collapsed when a user clicks on another question link.

As you can imagine, manual input of the answer content into the HTML code is
not a desirable solution.

Thanks in advance for any advice you may be able to offer!


Guy McDonald

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