9 Replies Latest reply on Sep 22, 2008 3:54 AM by avi10000

    Can I associate RH styles with hot-key keyboard shortcuts?

    avi10000 Level 1
      Hi all,

      Can I associate RH styles with hot-key keyboard shortcuts (like in Word)?

      I don't find a way from within RH.

      TIA

      - avi
        • 1. Re: Can I associate RH styles with hot-key keyboard shortcuts?
          RoboWizard Level 4
          Hi Avi

          Unfortunately we don't have that quite yet in RoboHelp. However, there are three built in shortcuts you are probably unaware of.

          * Ctrl+Alt+1 (Applies Heading 1)
          * Ctrl+Alt+2 (Applies Heading 2)
          * Ctrl+Alt+3 (Applies Heading 3)

          Hopefully those help... Rick
          • 2. Re: Can I associate RH styles with hot-key keyboard shortcuts?
            avi10000 Level 1
            Don't help much. Applying heading styles is not something I do so often. What I am usually doing is applying: Normal, List Number Level 1, 2, 3... , List Bullet Level 1, 2, 3... , List Continue Level 1, 2, 3... . Stuff like that.

            I was just working with something called FastHelp. It's sweet and intuitive, but not so powerful when it comes to formatting. Really frustrating, actually. So I was really looking forward to working with RH7 at my next customer, coz I thought that at $700 and version 7 and having been around so long, it would have as much formatting power as Word. I have had a big disappointment.

            To do the indenting properly, looks like I am going to have to refresh my HTML knowledge.

            Or maybe use a different app. and import it into RH?

            Or use RH for Word, and do I get Word formatting? But isn't that going back in time?

            - avi
            • 3. Re: Can I associate RH styles with hot-key keyboard shortcuts?
              RoboWizard Level 4
              Hi Avi

              I would agree that one should avoid going back to RoboHelp for Word. Particularly if the goal is HTML based output. However, you are always free to try that if you feel it will suit you. Just know that if you do and you later run into difficulties, the base group of users for that product is one that is shrinking. So the "real use" knowledge of the product is also beginning to shrink and dwindle. I know that I abandoned using it in 1999 and made the switch to RoboHelp HTML.

              Also, RoboHelp 7 is logically version 15 of the product. At least for RoboHelp for Word. RoboHelp HTML is a bit trickier. It was introduced originally coinciding with version 5 of RoboHelp office. From a logical standpoint, RoboHelp HTML 7 is logically version 10. But from the "Adobe" standpoint, it's Adobe's second version. I'm confident that as things move along, they will bring the features we want. But it won't happen if we don't ask. And to ask, we use the Wish Form.

              Click here to view the WishForm/Bug Reporting Form

              Cheers... Rick
              • 4. Re: Can I associate RH styles with hot-key keyboard shortcuts?
                avi10000 Level 1
                shortcut keys:

                Well I can implement the shortcut keys using QuickMacros (QM). This is an excellent Windows systems utility, also incl. a rich programming env., which allows u to automate lots of things in Windows and your apps. (Actually the name "QuickMacros" doesn't do it justice; it makes it sound like a 2-bit utility - but it's much more.) QM works with varying degrees of success depending on how your target app is built. With FrameMaker, QM worked great, but with FastHelp, I had to re-record some of the macros every time I re-ran the app (or even changed it's size/position on the monitor).

                editing:

                Tell me, what editor do people like using with RH7? When I first started up RH, I noticed that there is an option to use an external editor, and I thought "what's that for, isn't RH's editing env. great...?". Apparently not ...

                (And thanks for the history lesson... :-) I see you've been around a long time. )

                tnx

                - avi
                • 5. Re: Can I associate RH styles with hot-key keyboard shortcuts?
                  avi10000 Level 1
                  Now I have gone into the HTML window, and I am cleaning up the HTML. I took out all the extra
                  <ol> </ol> pairs
                  that RH inserted. The numbered listing works nicely now and I am much happier ... :-)

                  • 6. Re: Can I associate RH styles with hot-key keyboard shortcuts?
                    avi10000 Level 1
                    Somebody please suggest a free (or almost free) HTML editor that features lots of features, eg, hiliting, split Design/HTML windows, clean XHTML code and checker.

                    Wasn't there once some browser called Mozila? Or was it called Netscape?
                    • 7. Re: Can I associate RH styles with hot-key keyboard shortcuts?
                      Peter Grainge Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)
                      What has that got to do with this thread?

                      Try Kompozer, an update of NVU which I believe has been abandoned.

                      • 8. Re: Can I associate RH styles with hot-key keyboard shortcuts?
                        RoboColum(n) Level 5
                        quote:

                        Originally posted by: avi10000
                        Somebody please suggest a free (or almost free) HTML editor that features lots of features. e.g.hiliting, split Design/HTML windows, clean XHTML code and checker


                        Yikes! You don't want much do you? And for free? I'd hate to haggle with you
                        • 9. Can I associate RH styles with hot-key keyboard shortcuts?
                          avi10000 Level 1
                          Coz I started the thread by expressing my disappointment with the features available in the RH editor, so now I am exploring the possibility of using a different editor.

                          Actually, although the above is correct, IMO, I was thinking of starting a new thread for this anyway. Will do.