Re: RoboHelp 8 and topics

Subject: Re: RoboHelp 8 and topics
From: Rick Stone <rstone75 -at- kc -dot- rr -dot- com>
To: Malcolm Norman <malcolm -dot- norman -at- caris -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2009 10:34:00 -0500

Hi Malcolm

Hopefully you are evaluating the Technical Communication Suite (TCS)
instead of simply RoboHelp.

I say that because the RoboHelp version that ships with TCS offers some
special ways of working with Frame content. You should be able to
accomplish what you want by clicking File > Project Settings > Import
tab and clicking the Edit... button that is inside the Framemaker
Document area. This should provide a dialog allowing you to
intelligently map the Frame contents to RoboHelp. I'm unsure if you will
get this dialog if you have the simple stand alone version of RoboHelp
and you aren't using RoboHelp that ships with TCS.

The area you will be interested in is found in the Paragraph settings on
the left. When active, you should see things like different heading
levels. You choose the Heading level you wish to convert to new
individual topics and look in the right side of the dialog. The option
that governs whether you get new HTML topics is a check box labeled
"Pagination". You enable that option.

I'm afraid I've pretty much exhausted my knowledge of the whole Frame to
RoboHelp process. I'm not a Frame user. I'm a RoboHelp user. But I've
been around some good folks that know Frame and I've picked up tidbits
here and there.

Hopefully someone will chime in to either confirm what I scribbled or
provide better help.

Cheers... Rick :)

Malcolm Norman wrote:
> Hi all
> When I import a FrameMaker file or book into a Robohelp 8 project and
> build the file(s) into Microsoft HTML Help, each file is treated as a
> single topic. This means when I click a book icon in the CHM file's
> Table of Contents, there only one topic and I have to scroll through it
> in much the same way I would through a PDF file. I always thought that
> help files should contain stand-alone topics.
> Is there a way to tell RoboHelp to create separate topics from specified
> paragraph tags (e.g. Heading2 -- create new topic, Heading3 -- create
> new topic, etc.)?
> We are evaluating RoboHelp, and this seems its biggest drawback.
> I hope this makes sense.

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