3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 28, 2006 5:48 AM by wizardmatt

    Merged WebHelp Pro Project Questions

    wizardmatt
      I have built many single project helps but this is my first request around the merged project piece. Here are a few questions the requestors / tech writers are asking me.

      if a project was set up as a main/shell project with several sub-projects):
          - How would the Tables of Contents (TOC) be set up?  (One main?  One per sub-project?) This one I know, it is one TOC from the parent / redirected to child project.

          - If an update affected several files within multiple sub-projects, would a single revision address all?
      I am assuming the update would need to be made in each sub-project unless it was oringally mapped out with a cross project link correct?

          - If an update affected several files within multiple sub-projects, would it be possible to only update selected files? Sorta the reverse where if the files are not mapped cross project then each project would need individually updated.

      A few other questions relates to the search engine around a merged project. Does the search engine fully search all the merged projects, or is there a way to limit the search engine to only look at one of the child projects during the search?

      Thank you for your assistance.


        • 1. Re: Merged WebHelp Pro Project Questions
          RoboColum(n) Level 5
          Hi wizardmatt. Let me try and answer some of the questions.

          How the TOC is setup is largely up to you. Most people have the master project with no topics in it. in this case the master TOC just needs to have the slave projects added to it which displays the slave TOCs in the order in which they are added. If the master project does have topics this is OK and you just add the slaves in the master TOC where you want them to appear.

          The other questions you ask are a little more difficult to answer without knowing what format of help you are providing and a little more detail. In the scenario you refer to are you using redirection topics to display the content of a single topic (i.e. there are multiple references in various slave projects that really just display a single topic content)? If this is the case you only need to change the topic with the content.

          Regarding the search function, it works across all of the slave projects as well as the master. I know of no way to limit the search to specific slaves other than excluding them from the compile (e.g. using conditional build tags). If you are using webhelp I know some users use a third party search utility which you may be able to use to limit the search to specific projects. There is also a way of "hiding" individual topics from the search but you'd have to do this on all the topics in the slave project which may be long winded for what you want. If you want this, you can find out how to do this in ACE Rick Stone's Tips n Tricks file.

          Come back if you have any further questions
          • 2. Re: Merged WebHelp Pro Project Questions
            RoboColum(n) Level 5
            Doh! Just noticed from the post title that you are publishing webhelp.
            • 3. Re: Merged WebHelp Pro Project Questions
              wizardmatt Level 1
              Thank you for the information. You gave me all the information I needed to know. :)