Is there a way to dynamically link to an external file?
Currently, when you link to a file, RH puts a copy of it in its
working directory and lists it as a Baggage File. Once that's done,
that file's dead; if the original file gets updated, I have to
manually re-link to that file so that it can update its Baggage
File version of the file. If the original file gets updated 30
times per week, that's 30 manual udpates I would have to do. (Or
once at compile time, but even that's a stretch to have to
Is there a way to link to that always-evolving file and so
that it only grabs a copy of it at compile time?
I don't think this is built in to RoboHelp - I don't have the
latest version, though. I take it this file is not HTML. What type
of file might make a difference in how any workaround is
My first thought would be to make it always external but then
it has to be shipped with the CHM file. To link to an external
find the correct path if it is installed in the same directory as
the .chm. This is explained in HelpWorkshop's help file. I could
send you the code if you'd like.
In using this, I have found that every file type responds
differently - some open directly in help viewer, some open their
own application, and some throw up a dialog that it might be
Another option would be to have it edited while in your
RoboHelp project directory. i.e. consider that file the "original."
Unfortunately, I think you'd have to share the entire project to
allow someone to do this and that might open another can of worms.