That's the way it works in version 9 if you use the Content Category feature. Each category you define will have duplicate copies of the topics inside. At least that's how I understand it to be.
You might consider submitting a Feature Request to ask for a behavior change.
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Each category will have all the topics it needs even though they are already in another category. Take a look at the Employee Care sample project.
If that is the duplication to which you refer, then yes that is the way it works.
If you are finding it is including topics that should not be in a category, that is different. Again the sample should help but either way, post back if not clear.
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Thanks...guess I'll hold off on Content Categories for now and make a feature request.
So far, the documentation is about 1500 pages, with another 1000 or so expected.
I expect the end size would be about 30-40 MB. There are 5 versions of the software with different functionality, so that turns a 30-40MB documentation file into somewhere around 150-200MB. So not only is that additional bandwidth that our customers would use to update their documentation (which we do every few weeks), but also drastically eats up additional space on their disk drive.
Not a showstopper--we'll just go without it.