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Conditional build expressions and publishing

Sep 5, 2012 5:47 AM

Hello all,

 

I have a project that generates three different layouts: 1) Parent Z with a child project A containing another child project B, 2) The child project A which contains the other child project B and 3) a new second set of a project C based on A which contains another child project D based on B.  A and B have conditional builds which exclude pictures and text meant for C and D and vice versa. I have been publishing 1 and 2 without any issues and published number 3 recently to a completely new location, which results in another large directory being used.

 

The gentleman in charge of our servers wants to know if I can publish one project that will contain all the variables so that space used on the server is minimized. I have been publishing each one to a different location and he is seeing that there are duplicate file names in each folder. I have tried to explain that the contents inside the files are different but he has asked me to be sure I can't do it all in one location from the same files and have it just run each one within that folder. Don't know if I'm making sense but thanks for any help you can give me!

 

Helen

 
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    Sep 5, 2012 6:07 AM   in reply to Tatu Mbili

    Hi Helen

     

    The simple fact that you are using conditions seems to warrant different copies of the WebHelp output in different locations.

     

    You might try explaining it to your server guy this way. Think of WebHelp output as being like a batch of chocolate chip cookies. You have one batch that is plain. Another batch with walnuts and another batch that uses pecans.

     

    Think of each server location as being like a cookie jar. There is no way to have all three batches in the same cookie jar and make it work.

     

    Yes, you are correct in that all the cookies share some of the same ingredients such as flour and eggs. But each batch is a unique mix of those ingredients. Thus they must remain together as a unit.

     

    Hopefully that helps. And I've been accused of using "sexist overtones" in my analogies. Please know it wasn't meant in any way to be sexist. It's just that sometimes by thinking about things in different terms they are simpler to explain. At least I think they are. Many seem to agree. Especially when folks don't understand about all the silly RoboHelp files.

     

    Cheers... Rick

     

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