3 Replies Latest reply on Nov 10, 2008 7:55 AM by Pete Lees

    Previous/Next Button Tag

      In RoboHelp HTML, is it possible to add something like Main / Previous / Next button in header / top of each topic, rather than using the Browse Sequence.

      I'm using other HAT previously, but switch to RoboHelp recently, would like to get it back. :) Thanks in advance.
        • 1. Re: Previous/Next Button Tag
          RoboColum(n) Level 5
          Why not use a template with these buttons in a header. You'd have to think about what they'd link to though. You could handle this by manually linking each button but this would be fairly slow and cumbersome. Not sure you could do it any other way as how else would the project know what topic was before/after the current one.
          • 2. Re: Previous/Next Button Tag
            NL_Derek-GsBV5a Level 1
            As it happens I am investigating something like this right now, having found several problems with the Browse Sequence mechanism.

            It isn't too much work if you plan it carefully. Here's how I did it.

            I made a couple of small images (actually I grabbed the Back/Forward buttons from Explorer) and inserted them into one topic, at the end of the Heading 1 which starts each topic. I set Image_Properties > Text_Wrapping to "Right" so that they appear in the top right-hand corner of each topic. Note that if you do this, you must insert the Right arrow first, then a space, then the Left arrow (without the space, RoboHelp only allowed one link for both images). I then added a screen tip to the image "Next/Previous in sequence". Then I added hyperlinks.

            After this I was able to select both images, and use Copy/Paste to add them to all topics. When you double-click, you get the hyperlink properties dialog, and can correct the links. I arranged my screen so that the relevant part of the ToC was open on the screen, so I could see where I was in the sequence.

            Of course this is a PITA and error-prone, but testing is relatively easy, if you have Auto-synchronize_TOC in Window Properties. The buttons are always in the same place, so you can just click repeatedly while watching the ToC.


            --- Derek
            • 3. Re: Previous/Next Button Tag
              Pete Lees Level 2
              Hi, hghew,

              For compiled HTML Help (.chm), you have the option to add Previous and Next buttons to the toolbar of the HTML Help viewer instead of embedding Previous and Next hyperlinks in every topic.

              Rick Stone (Adobe Community Expert and Microsoft Help MVP) describes how to add the toolbar buttons in his Tips and Tricks file, which you can download from here:


              Some additional sources of information are as follows. Both articles describe how to add the buttons by editing your HTML Help project (.hhp) file with HTML Help Workshop.