Looking for more info on a new option for WebHelp layouts:
In the layout properties WebHelp Navigation screen (2nd page
of properties) there is an option Show Navigation Page Link in
Topics If I click the Help button on this screen, I see that this
option is described as "Include a link to the navigation pane."
I don't see any such link in my topics when I generate
WebHelp with this option enabled. I am just viewing my output
locally. Are these links only visible when the Help is called using
the API from a server?
Anyone using this option, or know what it is supposed to do?
I am using Breadcrumbs Links and these are working
TechDoc Jeanne, Nov 30, 2007 7:42 AM
added to each of your topic pages. The code executes when the page
loads. Basically, it checks to see if the page is being displayed
inside the WebHelp frameset. If so, it doesn't do anything. But if
the page is opened directly by some means where it isn't inside the
frameset, you will see a "Show" link. When the "Show" link is
clicked, the full WebHelp frameset loads with the page inside the
First, thanks for all your help over the years with both RH
and Captivate, and for the great hints at your site.
Second, I was *hoping* this option would show the nav pane
link in the following case:
In my project I have set up a 2-pane window (Main_window) and
a 1-pane window (CS_Window).
Main_window is used for calling Help from the toolbar button
and some other places in the app when we want users to open help to
the default topic.
CS_window is called from our app when a user presses F1 in a
dialog (context-sensitive help). This window displays pertinent
topic and toolbar but no nav pane. Just what I want.
Problem is, there is no way for users to access nav pane from
the context-sensitive window. Related topics etc are all opened in
this same window. In order to get more info, users have to close
the help and re-open it via the toolbar or other link.
When a user presses F1, I would like them to see the "naked"
topic, with a way to open the nav pane.
What is the best way to acheive this?
Is there a way to invoke a context-sensitive topic outside
the WebHelp frameset so that this nav pane link will appear, and do
what you describe?
Is there a way to add a button to my CS_Window that would
re-open the topic in the Main_window, which includes the nav pane.
Other ideas? Suggestions greatly appreciated!
PS RoboHelp 7's own Help suffers from same problem: Click the
Help button in a dialog, see the pertinent topic, but there is no
way to find additonal info unless it is listed as a related topic.
You have to close the Help window and invoke Help via the menu to
see the nav pane.
You shouldn't have to mess with multiple windows; simply
create one WebHelp output and let your developers do the heavy
You would generate the WebHelp with the "Show" link (which
you can customize by using Rick's "Changing the 'Show' link
appearance in all topics (WebHelp Only)" topic.
Note that you can also change the verbiage from "Show" to
whatever, by replacing the "+sTitle+" string (including the two
double quotes), so that your result is:
For CSH, the developers would call the topic's URL directly
(target_topic.htm instead of start_page.htm#target_topic.htm). This
would display the single topic pane only, with your spiffy new Show
link available to open the full frameset version.