How do you do trip-pane CONTENT in Help

Subject: How do you do trip-pane CONTENT in Help
From: Deborah Hemstreet <dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2009 09:12:42 -0400

Hi All,

I once saw an amazing Help file that provided the following:

1. Traditional contents, index, search in left panel.

2. Tri pane content in the right panel. Which worked like this.
The panes were tabbed and titled: How To, Concept, Example

3. When users searched for something, and clicked the link, the content
pane would jump to the topic. If it was a how to, then the help jumped
there. But if the How To had conceptual info and examples as well, the
tabs for Concept and Examples lit up and the user could click those.

It was brilliant because the user had all the information they needed on
that topic in one spot. They immediately knew there was important
conceptual info behind the how to, and had examaples - all without
searching for that individual item. I believe this was in SolidWorks Help.

Does anyone know how this can be done? Ideally, that is what I'd like to
do... but in WebHelp or FlashHelp.

Thanks in advance,


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