Here's what I want to do (currently using RH X5.02 RoboHelp
HTML running on XP SP2):
1.In the Project Manager, set up my folders in NON-alphabetic
order, like this:
and also set up the topics in non-alphabetic order.
2. Go to the TOC Composer and click "Auto-create TOC" and
have RoboHelp automatically create the TOC in the order in which
the folders and topics are organized (not alphabetic).
3. With each revision (add or remove topic) to the TOC, be
able "auto-generate" the TOC without any tweaking required.
Currently, RH only allows me to list the folders
alphabetically, which means that I have to rearrange the books
(generated from folders) when I auto-generate the TOC. Tell me if
I'm wrong, but doesn't an "auto" button imply "automatically do
something with almost no tweaking required"?
Sure, I can do this by assigning numbers to the folders in
the Project Manager, then removing those numbers from the book
names in the generated TOC, but it seems like that shouldn't be
necessary. I've also "auto-created" a TOC when the project is
"complete", then added/deleted pages and books to it as topics are
added or deleted.
I believe the auto-generation of the TOC was always intended
as a one-off time saver that was only meant to eliminate the
drag&drop process to initially populate the TOC.
I can't imagine ever trusting
any tool to intelligently structure my TOC in exactly the
correct format, particularly over and over as you seem to envision.
In addition, I don't think I ever worked on a help project in which
the TOC did not experience constant tweaking as the product evolved
and more reviewers returned comments. I would never ask the RH tool
to do this for me.
And why would you want to constantly have an auto-generate
performed after you've structured it properly? Only "as topics are
added or deleted"? Seems like overkill.