I have a large project that - with the other authors pieces
as well - takes a long time to generate, publish, and make an
archival copy of the project files.
My boss would like to include a spreadsheet as a part of the
help site. He'd like the link to be live so that we don't have to
update the helpsite to update it. - he could update the
spreadsheet, and the results show in the help site (or through a
Also - it would be great it people could update the
spreadsheet throught the same link.
The way to handle this is not to have it inside your help at
all. If you have the excel file at the same location on your
website, all you need to do is to add something to your topic (e.g.
click here to update the spreadsheet) and link the text to the URL
where the file is located. You could even open up the link in a new
window - from the "Display in Frame" drop down - if you wished so
that your users will know it is outside the help.