7 Replies Latest reply on Oct 17, 2008 2:32 PM by Gloria Mc

    Deleting topics from Topic list but not from project

    rccrcoleman
      I would like to delete some topics from my topic list but not from my project. I'm not sure how I go about this. Will the links to other topics be severed? I don't want any references to the deleted topics that remain in the project. I couldn't really find anything in the forum discussing this in particular.
        • 1. Re: Deleting topics from Topic list but not from project
          Captiv8r Adobe Community Professional & MVP
          Hi Renee

          Can you expound on what you want to happen? The Topics list is simply a list of topics in your project. You are saying you want the topic(s) not in the list but still in the project. For what purpose?

          If we know why, perhaps we might offer a potential solution.

          Cheers... Rick
          • 2. Re: Deleting topics from Topic list but not from project
            rccrcoleman Level 1
            I'm not entirely sure I want to delete the topics from the project yet. The topics I'm working on at the present time appear to be obsolete. However, they may pop up elsewhere in the application. I don't want to wipe them off the face of the earth until I'm 100% sure I won't need them as a reference or elsewhere in the project. Does that help clarify?
            • 3. Re: Deleting topics from Topic list but not from project
              lmarden Level 2
              Try this. Create a conditional build tag called OBSOLETE. Attach it to any topic that you don't want (permanently or at least for now) in your compiled or generated results. Then as you compile or generate the project, make sure to exclude OBSOLETE topics in your build statement.

              I also move all my OBSOLETE topics into a folder of the same name in the project. They are still there, can be returned to service if necessary, but they are out of the way.

              HTH!
              • 4. Re: Deleting topics from Topic list but not from project
                rccrcoleman Level 1
                That sounds like a great plan. Thanks!
                • 5. Deleting topics from Topic list but not from project
                  Gloria Mc Level 1
                  How do you attach the condition to an entire topic (file)? Is it to select all text in the file (including topic title) and mark it w/ the condition?

                  I have a similar problem - a Help folder structure was set up in the past (by someone else, long gone), and now the -product- calls a "Welcome" page in the Help folder as its home page. This Welcome page is in the RoboHelp project folder, but I do not want it in the Help project at all. It has links to files in separate folders that RoboHelp won't process correctly. And yes, this was all set up in the past, is in ClearCase this way, product build, etc., so I'd just like to -remove- the Welcome page from my Help project (but not delete it from the disk).

                  I am using RoboHelp HTML x5.0.2, but I could upgrade to 7 now, if it would solve this problem.

                  Thanks much for any help.
                  • 6. Re: Deleting topics from Topic list but not from project
                    RoboWizard Level 4
                    Welcome to our community, Gloria

                    If you right-click the topic and choose Properties (or Topic Properties - depending on where you were when you right-clicked) you should see a dialog with several tabs. Click the Advanced tab. From there, you are able to assign a build tag to the entire topic. No need to select all the text.

                    I'd be a bit leery about causing a page to effectively disappear if an application is calling it. (you said: ...and now the -product- calls a "Welcome" page in the Help folder as its home page.)

                    Cheers... Rick
                    • 7. Re: Deleting topics from Topic list but not from project
                      Gloria Mc Level 1
                      Thanks very much for the response, Rick. I'll used the Advanced tab to set the condition for the topic.

                      You are correct that the page cannot dissappear from the file system. That was my whole problem - in trying to delete a topic from the Help project, RoboHelp said it was going to delete the file from the system. I just want it out of the Help project. (Just to be clear, the application is including with it and calling the individual .htm page as its welcome (it is including and calling "welcome.htm"), not a page within the .chm file.) Thx again. --GMc