I am trying to learn the new features of RH7 by reading the
Reviewer's Guide for "Adobe RoboHelp 7 Spectabular New
Author-Friendly Features" and am finding the "instructions"
confusing and inaccurate. In particular, I work through the steps
for User Defined Variables but when I try to insert a UDV it simply
inserts the word I want to replace witht the same word. I have no
idea what I'm doing wrong--I've reviewed the actual Help in RH7 as
well as this Reviewer's Guide--and the Help doesn't help me. Either
I'm totally misunderstanding something in the instructions of
either of these documents or they are inaccurate. I do not know
where to turn for assistance in learning the new features.
In addition, when I compiled the sample project (Customer
Care) that didn't contain any changes I had made, the Help simply
wasn't quite right--breadcrumbs didn't work correctly, for one
I would appreciate any suggestions as to how to
proceed--right now I'm just spinning my wheels.
On the variables, indeed it will
appear that nothing has changed if you are inserting a
variable that contains the same text as what is being replaced. But
if you hover your mouse over the text you should see a small popup
that indicates it is actually a variable.
One of my favorite uses of variables is CompanyName and
CompanyAcronym. If you used these two variables in topics you might
see AmeriCan MEthods and ACME. But when you went to generate your
output you would have an option to configure the variables to
something different. For example, WidgetCo and WC. And the output
would then contain WidgetCo and WC wherever the variables appeared.
As for the breadcrumbs, you may be expecting something
different than what you get. Note there are two different types of
* Historical (Presented in a list containing the order in
which topics have been viewed)
* Hierarchal (Presented in a list based on a Hierarchy, such
as the Table of Contents)
RoboHelp breadcrumb trails are the latter. They are based on
where the topic exists in the Table of Contents.