The native FM to HTML output is reputed to be fairly poor - that's why products like Mif2Go are so successful. You can also go the Technical Communication Suite route that allows you to link your FM content to a RH project and product a variety of online forms of help. I have no idea how to accomplish popups in FM that would get exported properly to online help, but DHTHL hotspots will do your collapsing sections, and hyperlinks/xrefs are all handled very well by FM.
Thanks a lot Jeff!
I think I will go with the Technical Communication Suite, and just implement the popups in Robohelp. As a fairly new user, I was confused by the possibilty of producing HTML directly from FrameMaker, because it led me to wonder what sort of features could be handled there. Now I understand, if I want Dynamic HTML stuff, I should export the project to Robohelp.
Again, thanks a lot.
If you have TCS installed, you should have a RoboHelp menu available in FM.
For other things, you will have to be a bit more specific...do you have an example of what you're looking for that you can point me to? Or a feature in RH that you're looking to implement?
>> I thought pop-ups could not be directly created in FM?
> If you have TCS installed, you should have a RoboHelp menu available in FM.
The standard FM Special > Hypertext menu has options for:
Command: Popup Menu
Command: Alert with Title
I've never used them. I'm guessing that they are generally unsatisfactory for "further information" type pop-ups.
I was away for a few days and did not get the chance to reply.
You are right, the Popup Menu in FrameMaker does not fit the "Tooltip" use, it has more of a "Menu" feel and purpose.
Matt, as you can infer from my previous sentence, I'm looking for general Text-Only type of popups that could serve as glossary definitions. I don't think they can be implemented in FM, so I'll have to live with implementing them in RH.
Thanks a lot for the help!
Before you rule out implementing that sort of featture in PDF, see what Shlomo Perets does in PDFs using his Timesavers Tools & Assistants (http://www.microtype.com/showcase.html)