WebHelp - I goofed some HTML

Subject: WebHelp - I goofed some HTML
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 14 May 2009 10:13:31 -0400

Here's an easy one for people with eyes that work.

My docs are WebHelp and a couple of small PDFs.

On the CD is a non-help page START_HERE.html which is supposed to be the
takeoff point for getting into the webhelp, finding some bumpf on our
website or finding some standards docs on other people's websites.

The links have worked for years. The WebHelp is in a folder that's
named for the product and part number. Under that were some baggage
files and a directory called /Content. Under content were miscellaneous
help pages and six directories for the not-so-miscellaneous help pages.

Madcap Flare publishing includes a setting to not bother creating the
/Content directory when it publishes. This week, I tried it, eliminating
/Content and moving everything up a level, except the baggage files
which remain in the top level (reason why I did it is not relevant

In my completely separate START_HERE.html page on the CD, I did nothing
with the link to the default starting page, because it didn't change,
like so.

<a href="./800274-012lunasa_4-4_webhelp/startpage.htm"
target="_blank"1>Luna SA 4.4 Help System </a>
<a href="./800274-012lunasa_4-4_webhelp/startpage.htm"
target="_blank"1>Luna SA 4.4 Help System </a>

and that link still works.

BUT my other pages now live in the root of the Help, now that /Content
is gone, like so

ndows_install.htm" target="_blank">Click for Windows installation

so I took out /content and it became

stall.htm" target="_blank">Click for Windows installation

What is SUPPOSED to happen is that the invocation of "startpage.html"
plus the StartTopic= is supposed to bring up all the navigation and
other frames of the Help, such as the ToC, Index, Glossary, Search
stuff, AND populate the main pane with the indicated help topic (in this
case a set of install instructions for Windows users). In other words,
it should do the same as the smaller link that I quoted earlier, but it
should substitute "windows_install.htm" for my default starting page.

What happens instead is a not-found message.

I've probably been staring at it too long, and can't see where I've
dropped an important delimiter or otherwise goofed the link, but ....
what am I overlooking?
This is embarrassingly simple. Or simply embarrassing. But if
somebody will point out what I'm overlooking, please...?

- Kevin

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