4 Replies Latest reply on Sep 29, 2008 9:48 AM by RoboColum(n)

    Embeding excel documents in topic

    timgiossi Level 1

      I've been trying to get an excel sheet to embed in my topic to no avail. Is there a way to do this or am i forced to recreate it as a table in the topic?

      Thanks for all the help you have given
        • 1. Re: Embeding excel documents in topic
          RoboColum(n) Level 5
          As far as I'm aware you can't embed in the same way as you can in Word. What you can do, is link to it. For example, "Click here to open an Excel spreadsheet". Then link to the file ensuring it is added to your baggage file.
          • 2. Re: Embeding excel documents in topic
            timgiossi Level 1
            Maybe I'm looking for the wrong thing then. What I would like to do is have my TOC on the left per usual and when I click on one of the topics the spreadsheet would show up in the main area on the right. This way I don't have to give access to more people than are needed to update a table within robohelp.
            • 3. Re: Embeding excel documents in topic
              Level 2
              If you want the Excel file to be external (and editable), you can embed it with the parser function from Microsoft. You would simply have the link as <A ONCLICK="parser('yourfile.xls')" STYLE=text-decoration:underline; COLOR: green; CURSOR: hand">Your link text</A> and then insert the parser function, shown below, into your HEAD section.

              The Excel file must be in the same folder as the CHM file, and the user can edit the file, which could be a drawback.

              My old version of RoboHelp removes this function in the WYSIWYG editor. Hopefully newer version won't do this. This function is necessary to find the path of external files and was included with the very first release of HTML Help.

              • 4. Re: Embeding excel documents in topic
                RoboColum(n) Level 5
                If you want multiple users to update the Excel file then what you need to do is place the file somewhere they can access it (outside of RH) and then link to the URL (inside RH). If you have a file inside your RH project, any changes are not saved back to the help for others to access later.