Hello. I'm looking for a way to incorporate video into my
Help. Ideally, I would like to a video pane to the Help interface,
perhaps somewhere above the TOC. So the help window would have 3
panes: The TOC, the contents of the current selection within the
TOC, and a general purpose video pane. When a user clicked on "hot
links" within the text, an associated video snippet would play in
the video pane. Is this technically possible?
Yes, this is technically possible. I currently have some
video help topics that have only video (all triggered by a browse
sequence). To include a pane of text, what I would do is to create
a 'frame' and have one of them dedicated to video topics the other
to text. That said, the use of frames has seen a real downturn in
the HTML world. I'm not really sure why although they are not
always easy to manage.
John, I believe the issues with Frames is largely because
early on, search engines weren't intelligent enough to find content
buried inside them. As I understand things, nowadays it isn't
nearly the issue it once was, at least for web pages.
However, if you use Framesets in RoboHelp output, it's
possible that the end user could discover files via the searching
mechanism that would make no sense if displayed without being
presented within the context of the frameset.