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I have the same question and I don't understand Captiv8r's response. I have dozens of files I know are not necessary for the particular layout I'm generating. I have one project with 6 layouts. Every time I generate a layout all the files for all the layouts are included. For instance all the files associated for an admin topic are included when I generate a student layout. That topic is not in the student TOC, why are they copied into my student project? Another example, the instructor folder is included in generated output of every project?
Okay, now it is me that is confused. For starters, and just to clarify, I suspect MEP45 was/is creating a single WebHelp target with no Student/Admin stuff. Just basic WebHelp was what I was assuming was being discussed.
Now on to your issue. How are you generating? Batch generate? Are you using a merged setup? Conditional tagging? We need more information to go on here.
The bottom line here is that many folks see the swarm of WebHelp files and think that surely there has to be some way to put it on a diet and slim it down a bit. But all those files are there for a reason. Accommodating different browsers, different settings within the same browsers, different versions of the same browser, etc. While it would be possible to ferret out all the files that aren't needed for your own situation and delete them, it would have to be done each and every time you updated the help. From an efficiency standpoint, it's simply better to consider all of them necessary and adapt to the flow.
I have alot of graphic files that start with wht_blah blah that I do not use anywhere in my layout. Why do I need them or stop them from being outputted?
Are you sure they are not the wh files and folders that RH creates as part of the webhelp output?
Near as I can tell, these are parts of WebHelp output that may be needed in some cases. If you look at the images themselves, they appear to be bits of navigation that might be used perhaps in a fallback of sorts. They are rather bland and basic.
Unfortunately I'm doubtful that you will manage to eliminate them from being created. Unless, perhaps, you were to remove them from the mix in the seed files used. Perhaps that's worth trying. But if I were to do that, I'd be creating a folder among the seed files and moving them into the folder as a safeguard.
If you are using RoboHelp 7, I believe you will find the files in this location:
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe RoboHelp 7\RoboHTML\WebHelp5Ext\template_skin