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Welcome to our community, Roger
To all: Roger also cross posted this question to the Help Authoring Tools and Techniques (HATT) community. I posted the same reply there.
One way you might be able to overcome it would be to use redirects. Just create several redirect pages that ultimately point to the same page and insert the redirects in the TOC locations.
But I'm thinking that may not be optimal. I'm thinking it would accomplish the different entry points, but the ultimate page wouldn't have the proper breadcrumb trail.
Thinking.... tap tap tap.... thinking...
Aha! What about this? You might do something similar. Create multiple pages for the TOC. The pages would have the correct breadcrumb trails, no? Then for the main body parts, declare a large snippet and plop the snippet on each page. I'm thinking that might work.
Thanks for the tips, Rick.
I agree that the snippet solution sounds better. Unfortunately, we aren't using snippets currently, and we're not in a position at this point in the release cycle to implement them.
I did try the redirect solution, which did not work. When the target topic is still in the TOC, the breadcrumbs path still shows only the path to the first occurrance of the topic in the TOC. If the target topic isn't included in the TOC, no breadcrumbs path appears.
Again, thanks for the help.
Not sure I understand the hesitation with snippets, as they are super simple to create and use and should pose minimal (if any) risk to an existing project. Particularly given that you wouldn't really be modifying any existing topics. You would create all new stuff and use some copy/paste trickery.
To each his/her own I suppose. I'm sure you have your reasons.