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Importing HTML Screws Up Source Code

Jul 10, 2012 12:53 PM

Hi,

 

I'm using RoboHelp 8 under Windows 7. I use Dreamweaver to edit topics.

 

I have been extracting stuff from a database and converting it to HTML for use in our help system's glossary. I'm not using the RoboHelp glossary; it's too limited. Our glossary is just a giant topic with about 1800 terms. Each term begins with a named anchor tag.

 

We hope to map to these terms from the Web application we're developing.

 

After I extract the data, I have a source HTML file that looks like something like this:

 

<a name="Alarm Activation Time"/>

<h4>Alarm Activation Time</h4>

<blockquote>

  <p/>

</blockquote>

<h6>Configurable Values</h6>

<blockquote>

  <p/>

</blockquote>

<h6>TL1 Keyword</h6>

<blockquote>

  <p>AAT</p>

</blockquote>

<h6>TL1 Keyword Values </h6>

<blockquote>

  <p/>

</blockquote>

<h6>Name</h6>

<blockquote>

  <p>Alarm Activation Time</p>

</blockquote>

 

After importing it into RoboHelp, it gets turned into this:

 

</a> <a name="Alarm Activation Time"></a>

<h4><a name="Voided Warranty" style="color: #0000ff; text-decoration: underline; ">Alarm

Activation Time</a></h4>

<blockquote>

<p>&#160;</p>

</blockquote>

<h6><a name="Voided Warranty" style="color: #0000ff; text-decoration: underline; ">Configurable

Values</a></h6>

<blockquote>

<p>&#160;</p>

</blockquote>

<h6><a name="Voided Warranty" style="color: #0000ff; text-decoration: underline; ">TL1

Keyword</a></h6>

<blockquote>

<p><a name="Voided Warranty" style="color: #0000ff; text-decoration: underline; ">AAT</a></p>

</blockquote>

<h6><a name="Voided Warranty" style="color: #0000ff; text-decoration: underline; ">TL1

Keyword Values</a></h6>

<blockquote>

<p>&#160;</p>

</blockquote>

<h6><a name="Voided Warranty" style="color: #0000ff; text-decoration: underline; ">Name</a></h6>

<blockquote>

<p><a name="Voided Warranty" style="color: #0000ff; text-decoration: underline; ">Alarm

Activation Time</a></p>

</blockquote>

<a name="Voided Warranty" style="color: #0000ff; text-decoration: underline; "><br />

 

RoboHelp tries to insert the first named anchor in the document ("Voided Warranty") into every single section.

 

I've tried creating an empty topic and pasting in code. RoboHelp still tries to auto-bookmark everything.

 

Can I disable this behavior?

 

Thanks.

 
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  • Currently Being Moderated
    Jul 10, 2012 1:00 PM   in reply to blackmetaltechwriter

    Hi there

     

    Are these topics being opened at all in the RoboHelp WYSIWYG editor? If not, this is the first I've ever heard of an HTML file being modified by simply being part of a project. Well, other than the output file being different. The process of generating WebHelp, FlashHelp or AIR Help will modify the topics and HTML.

     

    So are you seeing this in source or output?

     

    Cheers... Rick

     

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    Jul 10, 2012 1:43 PM   in reply to blackmetaltechwriter

    Ahhhh, okay. That makes more sense.

     

    When folks use something like Dreamweaver in conjunction with RoboHelp, they normally don't open the topics in the RoboHelp WYSIWYG editor. They only do that in Dreamweaver. As you have seen, when RoboHelp opens a topic page, it becomes like a four year old that wants to be "helpful" and often messes up what you don't want messed up. LOL

     

    So if folks use Dreamweaver, they abandon any help that RoboHelp offers such as adding Related Topics controls, Placeholders and the like.

     

    Sorry, nothing to suggest here for me other than to suggest either sticking totally with Dreamweaver and never opening topics in RoboHelp WYSIWYG, or converting everything so only RoboHelp edits topics.

     

    You might consider filing a Wish Form with Adobe to report as a bug or whatever. (Link to the form is in my sig)

     

    Cheers... Rick

     

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