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When you create printed documentation, all headers and footers are lost. How you created them is not the issue.
See the topic on printed documentation on my site.
I've struggled with producing high quality printed output from a variety of help packages, RoboHelp included. I had hoped that Flare (a recent purchase) would sort this out for me. And while it does good steps in the right direction I was still left wanting when it came to printed output.
I now have a solution that I am happy with. If you are confident enough with some xml and xsl transforms (which I know are not for everyone), you can get the highquality odd even, bookmarks, pdf including generated headers and footers. All this and still have absolute control of the positioning of every output element via a template.
How do I do it? Using a techology called XML-FO. The FO stands for formatting objects, and is essentially an xml layout language. I then generate my pdf for print via the FOP engine (free download).
Although this is still a bit new, I think we will be hearing alot more from these sorts of techniques and tools in the future. Along with that alot of the mainline authoring tools would do well to provide more support for it.
I understand that alot of these may be over people's heads, but no point keeping a good idea to oneself, and it is alot less ocmplicated than it sounds.
Thanks for the info. Peter, as always, your info on Printed Output is extremely valuable. As to my issue, perhaps it confuses the problem to be worrying about a footer.
Let's say I use an embedded .js file to generate any re-usable text somewhere in the body of the document. The .js file is just a bunch of 'document.write()' calls with HTML formatted content. It appears that converting to Word does not follow the <script></script> tags and obtain the embedded text. It is just ignored.
This kind of reusable text solution is only for the online WebHelp version. That's my assertion, if anyone knows different I'd love to hear about it.
I would imagine you could set up a Word template, or even a Word file to use as a shell, to accomplish the footers you need.