Re: Relationship bt RoboH styles and .css

Subject: Re: Relationship bt RoboH styles and .css
From: Julie Stickler <jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Technical Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 3 May 2016 15:52:05 -0400

If I recall correctly, one of the MOST frustrating things about RoboHelp
was that it did not use standard CSS for lists. And despite everything I
know about CSS, I could not figure out RoboHelp's list styles. It's one of
the reasons why I moved off of RH and onto Flare at my last job (this was 3
- 4 years ago).

YMMV, I was working with a particularly ugly project. Originally created
in FrameMaker by a company that we acquired, imported into RoboHelp at some
unknown date, and then the version of RH had been updated through one or
two major revisions that probably meant there were different numbering
schemes mixed up under the covers. Which meant that OMG the code view was
an ugly mess. It would have probably saved me time and heartache to just
copy it over into a clean project and start over on the formatting.

On Tue, May 3, 2016 at 3:32 PM, Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net> wrote:

> Hi, all.
> I'm designing a help system from the ground up. Before I slave over a
> couple dozen RoboHelp styles, I'm wondering, just how good do the RH
> styles need to be? For example, let's say that for final help system
> output, I want the second-level bullet to use a different font, use a
> different color, display a certain bullet icon, indent to a non-default
> tab that I need to set, and wrap around to a non-default location.
> Like, say, this:
>
> * Indented twice, let's say to a precise point, not a default, and in
> lovely forest green Trebuchet MS, and refined by a few other
> hairsplitting tweaks
>
> But -- do I need to do all that in RoboHelp? Or, could I not bother
> with formatting refinements and just create a basic "bullet 2" style
> that can then be mapped to the .css "bullet 2." I might just change the
> color and remember that bullet 2s are purple. Like this:
> Regular body text regular body text regular body text regular body text
> regular body text regular.
> Bullet 2 text bullet 2 text bullet 2 text bullet 2 text bullet 2 text
> bullet 2 text bullet 2 text bullet 2 text bullet 2 text
> Could I reserve all my effort for the css and let the RH styles have
> almost no definition?
> Thanks.
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