Think of generating a CHM file as the same as baking a cake. You can't eat the cake until it's baked, no?
CHM files are the same way. You can't view them until you generate them.
So you open each project and generate the CHM. Then you ensure all the associated CHM files are in the same folder. Once they are all in the same folder, the master CHM should then "see" the associated CHM files and present their TOC structures. Assuming, of course, that everything else has been properly set up.
Thanks for the fast reply. What I am unclear about is how to generate the CHM file. I know how to generate an .xpj file, but not a .chm file. Please kindly walk me through the steps of "generating the .chm."
So you open RoboHelp.
From RoboHelp, open the project.
Now that the project is open in RoboHelp, you click View > Pods > Single Source Layouts.
Double-click the Microsoft HTML Help Single Source Layout and click the Save and Generate button.
Hi again Rick,
Thanks for your reply. Please bear with me -- I'm a newbie...
1.I have added 2 .chm child projects as follows:
2. I've made sure the 2 .chm files are in the same folder as the Welcome parent project.
3. I generated the project.
4. I went to View > Pods > Single Source Layouts , BUT I did not get the "Microsoft HTML Help Single Source Layout" option. How can I enable the "Microsoft HTML Help Single Source Layout" option?
NOTE: I was looking at some of your other posts where you mention generating Responsive HTML5. The links you have set up will not work with Responsive HTML5. If you do want to generate Microsoft HTML Help (CHM files), continue reading, otherwise post back with details of what output you want.
It could be called something else for you. Check the icon for the layouts you have defined. It should be like the below (the name in my example is the default name):
If you don't have that icon, you will have to create a new one. Select File > New > Single Source Layout, then select Microsoft HTML Help from Output Type list.
Yes, I am, indeed aiming to create Responsive HTML5 output. In this case, would adding .chm files as child projects still be a solution?
For responsive (or webhelp or multiscreen) you instead need to link the RH projects.
This article on Peter's site, while designed for webhelp, shows the correct steps for setting up the TOC (note you need to have the second tab selected when browsing for your child project). I would recommend running through the whole process to check everything is set up as described - perhaps even download the sample projects provided on the page so you can see a working example. Peter's setup is particularly important to make linking between projects easier.
And this one on Willam's discusses some specific details for responsive HTML5:
Adobe RoboHelp: Merging Responsive HTML5 Help | WvanWeelden.eu