7 Replies Latest reply on Nov 15, 2007 6:58 AM by HKabaker

    Search Function in Web Help

    lfhall
      I used RoboHelp years ago and produced .chm files to deliver on CDs. Now I produce WebHelp (context sensitive, but also can be accessed from my "Welcome" page) that runs on an intranet. I thought I remembered the Search function as a field where you could type a word and it would return topics in which that word was located. Now it seems that it's just a listing of every word in the Help and the number of occurrences (from which you can click to view the topic). Is there any way to change this type of Search? Some of the "search" words that are presented are words that I don't want in the Search function. Can I delete words from Search? By the way, I searched this site for an answer to this question, but didn't see one right away. Thanks for help. Lisa in Roswell
        • 1. Re: Search Function in Web Help
          Peter Grainge Adobe Community Professional
          The Search function is a field where you can type a word and it will return topics in which that word is located. So when you state that is what is WAS and then say "NOW it seems that it's just a listing of every word in the Help and the number of occurrences" I can't quite see the difference.

          It is a listing of all the words in the help, that is pretty much what any search is although they do vary in their ability to deal with multiple words and so on.

          RH has a default Stop list and you can add to that. Click File | Project Settings and then click the Advanced button. You will see a list of excluded words that you can add to. That is the approach rather than hacking the list produced when you generate the help.
          • 2. Re: Search Function in Web Help
            AuthorAnne
            Hi lfhall,

            Assuming you're using IE, it sounds like you haven't clicked the information bar above the help and allowed blocked content. When you do that, the search changes to show the search field that you want. I believe the search also appears as a list under some other browsers, but I can't tell you which ones.

            Anne
            • 3. Search Function in Web Help
              CraigCC Level 2
              Hi Lisa in Roswell,

              Read your post a couple of times to try and work out what is going on. I'm going to throw in one other possibility.

              When you generate the help file what Preferred Format select? You select the format on the third third 'Options Window' displayed when you generate a single source layout. If you select the format 'Pure HTML' you will indeed see the behavior that you have described. If this is the case, try selecting another format (e.g. DHTML > Pure HTML) and check the output.

              Apologies if I've misinterpreted your problem
              Kind Regards
              Craig
              • 4. Re: Search Function in Web Help
                lfhall Level 1
                This worked. That was the problem. Thanks very much. Lisa
                • 5. Re: Search Function in Web Help
                  lfhall Level 1
                  Oops, I should have said, Craig - your solution worked. Thanks. Lisa Text
                  • 6. Re: Search Function in Web Help
                    M@RG
                    Hi
                    I'm having the same problems as Lisa. I have tried changing the format ie DHTML > Pure HTML with no success.
                    To add to my problems, the search box to enter the search does not appear in the toolbar even though the Search Input Field in Toolbar check box is checked.
                    Can anyone help?
                    M@rg
                    • 7. Re: Search Function in Web Help
                      HKabaker Level 2
                      Have you tried the option with applets included?

                      H