3 Replies Latest reply on Feb 24, 2009 1:40 PM by BethRitt

    Fixed size topic pane

    SamDavidson
      Hello all. I am using RoboHelp 7 and my output is webhelp. If the user changes the width of the TOC it changes the size of the topic pane. This distorts information and makes tables espeically hard to read. If the user needs to change the sixe of the TOC I would like the topic pane to stay the same width and just have a scroll bar at the bottom. Can someone help me with this?
        • 1. Re: Fixed size topic pane
          Captiv8r Adobe Community Professional & MVP
          Hi Sam

          I can think of a couple of ways to accomplish this. Neither is particularly difficult but both will require hand tweaking each topic.

          Method one: Use an invisible table
          With this approach you basically select all the content in the topic and cut it to the Windows Clipboard. You then insert a single cell table and configure the width as desired. Then hide all borders so it doesn't show. Then paste the content back in.

          Method two: Use some HTML code
          With this approach you edit each topic to insert a DIV tag that sets the width of everything that follows. You would insert a closing DIV tag at the end of the topic.
          Below is a sample:
          </head>
          <body>
          <div style="width: 400px; position: fixed;">
          Topic content here
          </div>
          </body>
          </html>

          Hopefully this helps... Rick
          • 2. Re: Fixed size topic pane
            SamDavidson Level 1
            Thanks Rick. Editing each topic individually is a daunting task considering I have thousands of topics. But I appreciate the advise. I guess I will just fix the ones with the particularly messy tables.
            • 3. Re: Fixed size topic pane
              BethRitt Level 1
              I use a lot of tables. Try setting a table to "autofit to contents" (right-click in table and select autofit). Then play with the TOC width in the resultant CHM. The topic pane gets smaller but there are scroll bars.