6 Replies Latest reply: Jul 20, 2015 11:03 AM by Deb Sauer RSS

    HTML5 Output - Download Option?

    jlnfischer Community Member

      Hi,

       

      at the moment we are setting up HTML5 outputs containing manuals for our software. Everything works fine thus far, however we are missing an option to download the output as a PDF file as we would like our users to be able to do so.

      Is there a hidden (or to me unknown) option, to simply copy&paste the link for the PDF file within FrameMaker and have that option included?

       

      Thanks in advance! I appreciate your help.

      Julian

        • 1. Re: HTML5 Output - Download Option?
          FieryPantone Community Member

          How do you make the HTML pages accessible to the user? are you using any sort of Help system? I'm thinking that if you tell us a bit more about the process, other people may be able to give you a helpful answer. For myself, I could imagine at least two scenarios: print CSS so users can print a usable hard copy of a single page, or a default link on every page to download the full guide in .pdf … but I'm pretty sure there will be other options.

          • 2. Re: HTML5 Output - Download Option?
            jlnfischer Community Member

            Thanks for your response.

            The HTML files/pages will be uploaded on our webserver so that they are accessible via internet. It's supposed to be an online help. A print option is already implemented but that's not exactly what we are looking for.

            Your second idea comes close to what I was thinking about, however I was hoping for other solutions. But maybe there aren't any and this is the best way to do it.

            • 3. Re: HTML5 Output - Download Option?
              FieryPantone Community Member

              Well, I think one of the characteristic differences between on-line help and "document-based" help is how much info the user is presented with at a time: typically, one small topic (though often with links to others) on-line and a complete information set on paper. And I'm fairly sure that an option to dump all the online topics to a single .pdf wouldn't be altogether satisfactory; so I'd be minded to start with the same stack of information and generate two outputs, which is one of the many things FM does rather well.

              Now back to my current project, reusing introductory/overview material from a monster book to generate html pages for delivery as WebHelp :-}

              • 4. Re: HTML5 Output - Download Option?
                Deb Sauer Community Member

                I am also looking for a way to enable our users to download a PDF file of our responsive HTML 5 guides. Our users will access the responsive HTML 5 version of our guides from our website. I want to include a link on the first page of the responsive HTML 5 guide, so they can download the PDF version of the same guide in case they want to print the entire guide. I could include a link that would allow them to open the PDF of the guide, but I prefer a link that automatically downloads the guide. I know that I can add the download attribute to a cross reference, but that requires editing the <a href> tag in the .htm file for the topic (in Notepad or a similar editor) and I am looking for a way to do this that does not require post processing.

                • 5. Re: HTML5 Output - Download Option?
                  Jeff_Coatsworth MVP

                  In the TCS world, you would add the PDF file(s) as Baggage files in the RH project and add the HTML code to the topic; but in the FM publishing world, I don’t think you have that sort of control.

                  • 6. Re: HTML5 Output - Download Option?
                    Deb Sauer Community Member

                    Thanks for the reply! I was hoping to avoid importing the content into RH. I have upwards of 200 responsive HTML 5 guides, so that would be cumbersome.