I just upgraded to RH HTML 6 and I'm in the process of
assigning Map IDs. What a pain! First of all, the help topics about
these tasks are clunky. One topic tells you how to set up map
files, the next how to set up map IDs, the next how to assign map
IDs. So from a usability perspective, I've just been told three
times to go to the Project tab, expand the Context Sensitive
folder, expand the Map Files folder, etc. There should be just one
topic called "Mapping Topics to Object IDs" and it should start
with a nice workflow tutorial (made in Adobe Captivate) about how
this really goes ... if your objective is to associate a topic with
an object in the software you are documenting, then you should see
a diagram that illustrates that you first have to make these "map
file" things, then you have to associate them with your topics, and
then, finally, you have to associate each map file with an object
using its numeric code. Lastly, it would be really great to see a
section in the help about different ways to find out what the
object IDs are ... not every company is capable of outputting a
handy report of every object ID, so there are nice freeware apps,
like WinSpy, that allow you to simply mouse-over a windows object
to get info about it, including its ID, function calls, etc.
Second of all, the screens for working with Map IDs are very
The New Map File window does nothing to put the activity in
context. Its just a blank entry field. It should have a blurb like
"Enter a unique name for this map file". The OK button should be a
Save button so the user knows that file will be added to the
project under the Map Files tab.
On the Edit Map IDs window, there are a couple of things that
The Map File field contains an option called "<Project Map
File>" and its not obvious what this is. I am guessing its where
I associate the entire project with an object?
The mini-buttons plainly suck (its hard to tell what they are
going to do from looking at them) and need to at least have
mouse-over hints pop up. The one next to the Map File field should
look like the "New" button you see in Windows Explore for New File
or maybe the button you use for New Topics in RN.
The whole screen should illustrate the process of building
map files, matching them to topics, and then associating them with
object IDs. Tabs in a left-to-right design or a rearrangement of
the regions might help with this.
The Assign button only becomes available if you've created a
cadre of map files first and you have not yet assigned them to any
topics. If you click the Auto-Map button, then you can assign an
object ID to your map file. This screen needs to be redesigned such
that it is very clear.
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