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Welcome to our community, rr336
Assuming RoboHelp HTML here.
If you right-click the book, you may edit the properties. There, you may click the check box labeled "Book with link" and assign a topic that will display when the book has been clicked by your end user. To edit in RoboHelp HTML easily, don't double-click the book. Instead, right-click and you will see an option to edit the topic.
Thanks Rick. So i could remove that topic from the book rite once i have linked the topic as the book cover page else the topic will be repeated. Correct me if i am wrong.
Yes, instead of being, say, the first topic under the book, it would now be the book.
This was my next query... with the Breadcrumbs feature in v7, when i click "up" a level it takes me to the first (alphabetically) page under that book, which is not what I want at all!
So now it seems I have to go through the whole project and create a "Summary" page for each book, linking it with the "Book with Link" option.
Or is there a clever way to do this automatically? Create a little page that just has the heading of the book and links to the topics within that book... (he says, hopefully!)
I guess I'd look into the flat file that holds breadcrumbs (any RH7 users know which it is?) and use a good replace tool to adapt related sections of that code into a separate "book" topic. While not actually automated, this might at least save a lot WYSIWYG effort.
Some code is inserted into each topic when generating WebHelp. It calls a function AddMasterBreadcrumbs in whthost.js.
Part of this function generates the "home" link on the fly. In a merged project, "Home" is the home page of the parent project, not the subproject.
The first link upward is "hard" coded in each topic during WebHelp generation. It is the first topic under the book in which the topic appears (alphabetical only if the Book TOC is alphabetical.) I haven't gone further than one level of books, so I don't know how it handles a book-within-a-book. My guess is, the first upward link stays within the closest book. I do not use books linked to topics, so I don't know what happens there.
I'm not clear on precidely what you're trying to accomplish, but if you don't have too many topics, you could try manually editing the output files.
If you're comfortable with search-and-replace, you can save some time. The point is, I think you can make the breadcrumbs say anything you like, after generating.