RE: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 51, Issue 18

Subject: RE: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 51, Issue 18
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: Chris Despopoulos <despopoulos_chriss -at- yahoo -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 14:45:07 -0500

Chris Despopoulos asked:

> Hi all...
> I've inherited a RoboHelp project with many topics. I
> want to apply uniform formatting to it and get rid of all the other
> formatting stuff in there. There's too much legacy formatting, it's
> inconsistent, and it's giving me real problems.
> I thought maybe
> I could easily wipe out all the formatting, and then start fresh,
> applying the formatting to each section in a specific order, so I can
> reasonably back out formatting, or otherwise control my topics.
> Has
> anybody encountered this problem? How did you deal with it? Is there
> a way to run the HTML files through an HTML cleaner, strip out
> everything CSS-related and non-standard, and then start over?
> Can I do
> that to the files where they reside in the project? Will
> that break my
> project? Or must I save all the HTML files outside of
> RoboHelp domain,
> run a cleanup process, and then re-import the HTML into a new RoboHelp
> project? Can I re-import in that way?
> Any help or insights are greatly appreciated...

. . . and if there's a generic response that also applies to MadCap Flare
projects, I wouldn't mind hearing about it, too.

I'm pretty much the author of my own grief on my projects, but I
started years ago in RH, two complete corporate mergers (and styles) ago,
before we switched from RH to Flare, and before I had any idea what I was doing.

When re-using and re-purposing content, I did a lot of arbitrary cutting
and pasting, not necessarily respecting boundaries that Flare thinks I
should have respected. There's a lot of crud in my pages that, if
cleaned up, might make things work more smoothly.

I'm especially interested in not breaking my projects.

I'm especially, especially interested in not breaking my projects in ways
that I won't notice for days or weeks until I've made a boatload of
changes and updates.

- Kevin

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