We using map IDs for a WebHelp project (built with RH5,
RoboHelp HTML), but the development team has a concern about map ID
numbers being overwritten if a topic is removed, or the ID is
removed using the "remove unused map IDs". They'e REALLY concerned
about, say, if we have 300 topics, number 237 is removed. Then we
rebuild the help and suddenly, number 238 becomes 237 and all the
remaining topics get "bumped" back by one.
How do I prevent this from happening? Do I just never use the
"remove unused map ID" function?
Well, I have a project that is supported by two map ID files,
with several hundred map IDs in both, and gaps in numbering in
both. The problem you are concerned about has NEVER happened to me.
Ever. In my experience, it is a non-issue.
Map IDs do not jump ship.
Now of course, if someone else has seen this happen, I would
love to hear about it, and would reconsider some of my
One word......COMMUNICATION. If you and your developers talk
to each other about changes to the mapids then as lmarden says it
is a non-issue. If you delete a topic that has a mapid assigned to
it, they need to know.