I've used RoboHelp before, but not this version (RH9). In the past (version 6 or 7?), I've been able to import Word docs and RoboHelp has referenced the styles to automatically create and organize help topics and make a nice TOC. Now, when I import files, it's creating a single, long topic and creating a TOC that's a train wreck. What do I need to do to have it recognize that there should be a separate topic for anything with a Header 1, 2, or 3, and organize them properly under each other so when you look at the TOC, Header 2 items are indented under Header 1, and Header 3 items are indented under Header 2? There has to be a simple way to do this. Manually dragging and dropping items that come from about 1500 pages of Word docs is ridiculous. And even when I do that, I can't make the Heading 3 items indent enough; the arrow's grayed out. Any guidance is much appreciated. Thanks.
First you might want to consider registering a new user name. Email addresses are not a good idea unless you like spam.
It looks like you need to set pagination against the styles to be used to create new topics. See Importing on my site.
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Thanks for your help. Sadly, I’m no better off this morning. Here are a few details that may help clarify what’s going on:
- I’ve inherited my dilemma from a technical writer who took a few days off and apparently decided not to come back. I didn’t create the Word files, but they appear to use styles correctly.
- The project involves 16 Word files totaling about 1600 pages, so doing anything manually is… not fun.
- After double-checked the Word files this morning, I started over by creating a new project and importing the first 11 files. This is what RoboHelp looks like now:
Hmmm… what’s wrong now? Let me count the ways.
- The folders you see at the top of the Project Manager pod are empty and the topics that I expected to see within each folder are listed below. If I had all day and more patience than I have, I could drag the topics one by one into the folder where they belong. (Insert heavy sigh here.)
- You may also notice that there’s no folder for Chapter 1. I don’t know why. The topics that belong in Chapter 1 are buried in the list somewhere so it “saw” the file during the import.
- To add to the fun, when RH was just about finished with the import, it said that the default.css file used by each topic was outside the project/couldn’t be found/something like that. When I started the import, I told it to just use the default css, so it shouldn’t have that problem.
Sorry if I’m a bit punchy. I thought this was going to be a relatively simple assignment and it’s keeping me from another assignment that needs to be done yesterday.
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Data Computer Corporation of America
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Yes, I read Peter's help and tried all of the recommendations. I just started a blank new project and imported 2 of the Word files separately. And once again, when I imported the Chapter 1 file, it didn't make a sub-folder for it and just dumped the topics within the import folder I had created. When I imported the Chapter 2 file, it did make a sub-folder (?!?) but still put the topics within the import folder. It's evil and I think it requires chocolate to fix!
That does help quite a bit, thanks. At least I can get the topics back into the correct folders, if not in the correct order, so that's a big timesaver. But there must be a setting somewhere that I'm missing -- I'd like the topics to be imported in the order they're in the Word docs. Instead, they're listed alphabetically. Any ideas? If not, I might cheat and use a numbered heading style to get them in the right order, although that isn't the way my customer would prefer it.