7 Replies Latest reply on Jul 8, 2009 2:31 AM by InezV

    Breadcrumbs don't appear on every page

    InezV

      Hi,

       

      I'm trying to have breadcrumbs on every page, and

      - added the breadcrumbs to the master page

      - attached the master page to all topics

      - recompiled and republished

       

      still, they don't appear on every page.

       

      Inez

        • 1. Re: Breadcrumbs don't appear on every page
          Captiv8r Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Hi there

           

          It will depend on exactly where inside the Master Page content you added the Placeholder. If you added it inside the Body placeholder, that's why. You need to edit the Master Page and move it up just above the Body Placeholder.

          tmp1.png

           

          Cheers... Rick

           

           

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          • 2. Re: Breadcrumbs don't appear on every page
            InezV Level 1

            Hi Rick,

             

            Tried that.

            Result was: 2 breadcrumbs or 0.

            But I had both 1) master page and 2) activated breadcrumbs during generating help.

            So I recompiled without the option in the generation process.

             

            now: I have either 1 breadcrumb or 0.

             

            Is it possible that breadcrumbs only appear on topics I have been editing since upgrading to RH8? It looks like all the other topics don't have breadcrumbs, even though the master page is applied.

             

            Inez

            • 3. Re: Breadcrumbs don't appear on every page
              Captiv8r Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Hi there

               

              Okay... taking deep breath here for lengthy explanation.

               

              DOH.png

               

              Breadcrumbs used to be simple. You enabled them or disabled them in version 7 and they showed or not depending on the setting.

               

              Enter RoboHelp 8. Now you have many possibilities. You may still globally enable them in the layout properties for WebHelp. But you may also add Placeholders. And you can insert a Breadcrumb Placeholder in many places.

               

              • Master Page
              • Topic
              • Header
              • Footer

               

              If you are using the Master Page, you may insert the Breadcrumbs placeholder inside the Body Placeholder or outside.

               

              If the Breadcrumbs Placeholder is inside the Body Placeholder, only topics initially created using the Master Page will include the Breadcrumbs Placeholder. So if you hadn't used the Breadcrumbs Placeholder prior, adding it to the Master Page inside the Body Placeholder WILL NOT propagate them to other topics by applying the Master Page. No way, no how.

               

              Now if you add the Breadcrumbs Placeholder OUTSIDE the Body Placeholder and apply the Master Page to existing content, they WILL propagate.

               

              Theoretically you could end up with some topics having as many as Three different Breadcrumbs. If you added the Breadcrumbs Placeholder inside the Body Placeholder of a Master Page, then created one or more topics based on the Master Page. There's one copy. If you later changed your mind and moved the Breadcrumbs Placeholder outside of the Body Placeholder, the topics created from the Master Page before you changed it would now have TWO Breadcrumb trails. And if you elected to enable them globally in the WebHelp layout, you would end up with a THIRD level of them.

               

              It's almost like the story of the man demonstrating his fancy word processor. Look, with a few keystrokes I can change all instances of the letter A to the letter C. And with a few more keystrokes I can change the C's back to A's. (Including the letters that were C's to begin with - D'oh!)

               

              So you probably need to visit any topics that were initially created using the Master Page and remove the Placeholder from the topic content.

               

              Cheers... Rick

               

               

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              • 4. Re: Breadcrumbs don't appear on every page
                InezV Level 1

                Well, that explains it Rick!

                 

                I decided to delete the breadcrumbs from the master page, and activate it while generating. I don't have any breadcrumbs added manually on topic pages, so I presume that minimizes the work.

                 

                There are still files that don't have the breadcrumbs now.

                Not too sure how to solve that, but as I have 154 topics in 2 languages, I'll sleep over it and start fresh on  monday...

                 

                Thank you!

                Inez

                • 5. Re: Breadcrumbs don't appear on every page
                  InezV Level 1

                  Hi Rick

                   

                  I now tried the following settings

                  1.

                  - no breadcrumbs on master page

                  - breadcrumbs activated during compilation process

                   

                  -> this results in either 1 or 0 breadcrumb after compilation

                   

                  2.

                  I added a breadcrumb to one specific topic on the topic page itself. but it doesn't appear after compilation.

                   

                  3.

                  - I added breadcrumbs to master page and edited and saved the topic where the breadcrumb didn't appear.

                  - I unchecked the breadcrumbs option during compilation process

                   

                  -> this results in ... either 1 or 0 breadcrumb after compilation. and the topic I edited manually still doesn't have any breadcrumb.

                   

                   

                  Thank you, Inez

                  • 6. Re: Breadcrumbs don't appear on every page
                    InezV Level 1

                    Rick,

                    one more thing:

                    - this is the result after compilation: no breadcrumb

                    breadcrumbs_no.jpg

                    - and this is what i see with the "View selected item" (button with glasses): 1 breadcrumb

                    breadcrumbs_yes.jpg

                     

                    Inez

                    • 7. Re: Breadcrumbs don't appear on every page
                      InezV Level 1

                      Hi Rick,

                       

                      Despite your clear explanation, I seem to be unable to correct this problem.

                      Could you tell me if and how I can check in the Display view or in the HTML view wheater or not the breadcrumbs will appear?

                       

                      Kind regards, Inez