15 Replies Latest reply on Feb 24, 2017 8:14 AM by Flaven

    Drop-Down Text Editor - 2 Questions

    CRO1 Level 1
      Greetings,

      I have two questions regarding the above-mentioned editor.

      1. Is it possible to have the editor open to a pre-defined size, instead of adjusting the size after it is opened?

      2. Within the editor, the Add To Dictionary option is greyed-out (RX7). How do I activate this feature? Presently I have copy the term outside the editor and then select the Add To Dictionary option.

      Thank you,
        • 1. Re: Drop-Down Text Editor - 2 Questions
          RoboColum(n) Level 5
          The first time you open a RH project the size of any DHTML window is small. You can increase the size of the window by clicking and dragging and any future DHTML window adopts that size. However this only works until you close that project. There is no other work around as the window size is hard coded.

          Regarding the Add to Dictionary option, this is available in RHX5 inside a DHTML window. RHX5 is the only version I have available here, so perhaps someone else with RH7 can confirm whether this happens to them.
          • 2. Re: Drop-Down Text Editor - 2 Questions
            Peter Grainge Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)
            Please will everyone who wants the DHTML editor to be a configurable default size and for RH to remember if they stretch it go to this link and post an enhancement request. We need your vote!!

            http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/mmform/index.cfm?name=wishform

            See if you can collectively bring down Adobe's site!

            [You might have gathered this one annoys me too!]

            • 3. Re: Drop-Down Text Editor - 2 Questions
              Captiv8r Adobe Community Professional & MVP
              Hi all

              Chris, until such time as Adobe addresses the issue, I'd like to share with you how I personally deal with the little DHTML drop down window. The fact is, I seldom, if ever, use it! Yet I overwhelmingly consider this feature to be one of the most powerful features of RoboHelp.

              Here is how I "deal" with it. I normally insert a blank line where the drop-down will ultimately appear. I then insert what I want (Images, tables, whatever) and arrange it just so. Then I select the whole shebang and press Ctrl+X to cut it to the Windows Clipboard. THEN I finally open the DHTML drop-down window and simply paste the contents inside.

              I find that little window WAAAYYYYY too constraining and confining. Makes me claustrophobic to even think of it!

              Cheers... Rick
              • 4. Re: Drop-Down Text Editor - 2 Questions
                CRO1 Level 1
                Greetings,

                Thanks guys for your responses. I will post an enhancement request and hope for the best.

                Regards,
                • 5. Re: Drop-Down Text Editor - 2 Questions
                  RoboColum(n) Level 5
                  Hell I'd get all of you to follow Peter's advice - even if you don't use the LITTLE blighters!
                  • 6. Re: Drop-Down Text Editor - 2 Questions
                    Linux Rules Level 2
                    quote:

                    Originally posted by: Colum McAndrew
                    There is no other work around as the window size is hard coded.



                    Hello Colum -

                    Any idea of the file name that contains the code (in X5)?

                    I have done some hex editing on eHelp files in the past - not afraid to do more if you know the file.

                    Regards,
                    GEWB
                    • 7. Re: Drop-Down Text Editor - 2 Questions
                      RoboColum(n) Level 5
                      What? You think I mess around in that brown smelly stuff I could be way off the mark here but if you look in the RoboHTML directory where you have RH installed there is a DLL called BaseStructureEditorDialogs_Dialog_DHTML_Release_U.dll. I'll stake (not a lot of) money that that will be it.
                      • 8. Re: Drop-Down Text Editor - 2 Questions
                        RoboWizard Level 4
                        Hi again

                        Personally, I'm thinking that the window size is maintained in the Registry somewhere. This is because if you change it, it opens again at the last used size.

                        But that's just me... Rick
                        • 9. Re: Drop-Down Text Editor - 2 Questions
                          RoboColum(n) Level 5
                          Darn! Looks like I'll have to postpone my retirement now that I've lost my money
                          • 10. Re: Drop-Down Text Editor - 2 Questions
                            Peter Grainge Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)
                            Hold on to your money Colum. Rick, did you close and reopen RH?

                            • 11. Re: Drop-Down Text Editor - 2 Questions
                              Captiv8r Adobe Community Professional & MVP
                              Heya Peter

                              Hmmm, excellent point! You are correct, sir. It does reset. I suppose because of the way I avoid it, I never noticed that!

                              Cheers... Rick
                              • 12. Re: Drop-Down Text Editor - 2 Questions
                                Linux Rules Level 2
                                quote:

                                Originally posted by: Colum McAndrew
                                What? You think I mess around in that brown smelly stuff I could be way off the mark here but if you look in the RoboHTML directory where you have RH installed there is a DLL called BaseStructureEditorDialogs_Dialog_DHTML_Release_U.dll. I'll stake (not a lot of) money that that will be it.


                                Hello Colum -

                                Nope, that one isn't it. I've poked into 6 or 8 files so far...lots of "interesting" things in some of them such as comments about IE wigging out, how Mac IE is a pain, Netscape keeps reloading if you apply inline styles, references to the Vodka Dialog Factory and this comment in popup.ocx:

                                "P.o.p.u.p. .C.o.n.t.r.o.l...P.o.p.u.p. .P.r.o.p.e.r.t.y. .P.a.g.e.....................................G.e.n.e.r.a.l...A.c.t.i.v.e. .P.o.p.u.p.N.T.h.e. .A.c.t.i.v.e. .P.o.p.u.p. .c.o.n.t.r.o.l. .d.o.e.s. .n.o.t. .h.a.v.e. .a.n.y. .s.t.a.t.i.c.a.l.l.y. .c.o.n.f.i.g.u.r.a.b.l.e. .p.r.o.p.e.r.t.i.e.s."

                                Found some DLLs that re-write the HTML during conversion and generating (that's why some manual changes don't seem to "stick")...this is what I modified some five years ago but can't remember what files I changed.

                                I'll look into some more files next week.

                                Regards,
                                GEWB
                                • 13. Re: Drop-Down Text Editor - 2 Questions
                                  Flaven Level 1

                                  Bump: I know this comment train is from nine years ago, but I'm wondering if anyone has found a solution to globally (and permanently) resize the tiny drop-down text window? The topic seems to have come up over the years, but no solution that I've found.

                                   

                                  I'm running RH 13.0.0.257

                                   

                                  Thanks in advance...

                                  • 14. Re: Drop-Down Text Editor - 2 Questions
                                    Captiv8r Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                    Hi Ross

                                     

                                    No way I'm aware of to do it. My own preferred method of dealing with it is to avoid it pretty much entirely.

                                     

                                    I compose what I want directly below the click text or image in the RoboHelp editor. Once I have things arranged as I want, I select it and cut from the topic. Then I open the little window, select all and paste.

                                     

                                    Cheers... Rick

                                    • 15. Re: Drop-Down Text Editor - 2 Questions
                                      Flaven Level 1

                                      Thanks Rick--that's my workflow, also. I was just hoping beyond hope...