5 Replies Latest reply on Jun 2, 2006 10:48 AM by gimkrak

    File type of WebHelp start page

    gimkrak
      Hi all, I've always accepted RH's default file type for my WebHelp output start page (*.htm), but my UNIX admin is asking me to switch this, if I can (and apparently I can), to .html. Any consequences to doing this, that anyone's experienced?
      Thanks much!
        • 1. Re: File type of WebHelp start page
          RoboWizard Level 4
          Hi gimkrak

          There is simply nothing I'm aware of (short of a customized home grown search option) that would prevent one from using the .HTM extension over the .HTML extension.

          However, having said that, you should be able to easily configure the start page with the .HTML extension. Just tack an extra "L" onto the .HTM. If that satisfies your UNIX admin, so be it. However, don't be too surprised if the 'NIX admin then starts quibbling over all your pages ending in .HTM and insisting you change them all to .HTML. That part won't be so easy. You would then have to change every link you have in your system. Otherwise, broken links galore!

          Cheers... Rick
          • 2. Re: File type of WebHelp start page
            gimkrak Level 1
            Rick, thanks much for the speedy reply. Yeah, good caution there ... but my UNIX admin posts everything I do for the rest of the world to see, so I've gotta keep him happy....

            Thanks again!
            • 3. Re: File type of WebHelp start page
              HKabaker Level 2
              Sorry, Rick, you can't just change the project launch file to help.html because:

              Every topic has this interesting bit of code:

              if (window.setRelStartPage)
              {
              setRelStartPage("help.htm");
              }

              I'm not sure when the "if" condition is satisfied, but something is going to looking for a relative start page with just .htm at the end.

              Ask the Unix guy if this is so important that you will have find and replace .htm with .html everywhere it occurs in WebHelp files including, of course, the file names.

              Harvey
              • 4. Re: File type of WebHelp start page
                Captiv8r Adobe Community Professional & MVP
                Hi Harvey

                Sounds like you thought I said to just gen WebHelp and change it after the fact. After re-reading it, I do see where the confusion can occur.

                What I should have added was this:

                You change this in the first dialog when generating WebHelp. Doing this will result in all those references you correctly cite, being pointed to the correct start page with the .HTML extension.

                I see where one could have easily construed that it was as simple as renaming the page once generation was complete.

                Thanks for keeping me on my toes! Rick
                • 5. Re: File type of WebHelp start page
                  gimkrak Level 1
                  Rick, you know, I somehow intuited the intended meaning in your original post -- i.e., select .html instead of .htm in that initial dialog of the wizard used to generate the WebHelp output. So I'm going to try that and see if it does the trick without causing additional headaches.

                  Harvey, thanks for pointing out that bit of potentially problematic code! Good to be aware of that. If things do go awry, I'll know where to start looking.

                  Many thanks, all!