thanks for the reply
As described earlier, the topic status shown is just a flag, and RoboHelp does not use it for any thing except showing.
Having said that, RH8 has a new scripting feature, which opens many new venues for customizing RoboHelp. You can create new script files and do more with RH8.
Please see an earlier user thread, where I posted some script files to use topic status.
Hope this will help you.
Adobe RoboHelp Team.
thanks for the tip and the link I'll make sure to check it out and run it past my boss