5 Replies Latest reply on Aug 14, 2008 3:50 PM by Sippican

    Breadcrumbs in X5


      Can someone help me understand how RH generates breadcrumbs. I'm taking over for an author who used RH and it looks like he added JavaScript to make this happen. Did this JS come with prior versions of RH or is it something one can do themselves.

      I'll attach the code I see at the top of every RH page.


        • 1. Re: Breadcrumbs in X5
          Captiv8r Adobe Community Professional & MVP
          Welcome to our community, Jane

          Presently Breadcrumbs are only available in version 7 of RoboHelp. And then, only if you are generating an uncompiled format such as WebHelp or FlashHelp.

          What RoboHelp does is to analyze the Table of Contents (TOC) structure. The breadcrumbs you see in the topics reflect where in the TOC the topic exists.

          The JavaScript you are seeing is a result of RoboHelp's doing. Part of the process of generating WebHelp output takes each topic and injects JavaScript code that causes different things to happen. Based on the settings in effect at the time the generation took place.

          You would be hard pressed to roll your own JavaScript similar to what RoboHelp creates. It's a pretty complicated puzzle and maze of different routines and variables all packaged neatly so it works.

          Hopefully this comes close to providing the answer you were hoping for.

          Cheers... Rick
          • 2. Re: Breadcrumbs in X5
            Captiv8r Adobe Community Professional & MVP
            Hi again

            In re-reading this thread, it would appear I'm guilty of something I'm regularly guilty of. That's to overcomplicate things.

            Breadcrumbs are a feature that you simply elect to include or not when you create your WebHelp output. Here's how you get to the setting.

            Click View > Pods > Single Source Layouts
            Double-click a WebHelp or FlashHelp layout
            Click Next >
            There should be a check box labeled "Add Breadcrumbs Links"

            If you would like to provide your own formatting for the Breadcrumb trail, click the Format button

            Cheers... Rick
            • 3. Re: Breadcrumbs in X5
              Sippican Level 1
              Thank you so much for your response.

              I should say that I'm using RHX5 and I see breadcrumbs on most pages. Are you saying that RHX5 could not generate breadcrumbs? If that's the case, I'm now wondering how the breadcrumbs got inserted?

              RHX5 has an option to Show Navigation Pane Links in Topics. Is this related to breadcrumbs.

              - Jane

              • 4. Re: Breadcrumbs in X5
                Captiv8r Adobe Community Professional & MVP
                Hi Jane

                Hmmm, assuming RoboHelp X5 was used, Breadcrumbs would have had to have been added using a custom solution.

                By chance can you share a screen capture of your output so that I may see what you are referring to? Or, if you like, send me a private message to rstone75 (at) kc (dot) rr (dot) com with a screen capture.

                Cheers... Rick
                • 5. Re: Breadcrumbs in X5
                  Sippican Level 1
                  Thanks, I'll send a screen shot with the details.

                  - Jane