I am questioning why you want that topic in the help. A TOC in RoboHelp is normally in the left pane and you would not create a topic with the same information for other topics so why for topics created from a link?
Notice that a page number is given. How do you turn to page nn in online help?
If you do want that topic for some reason then go to the CSS and see if defining the WD_TOC 1 and WD_TOC 2 styles helps.
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Thanks for your response, Peter. I do understand that what I'm trying to do is not standard--and probably not best practice for WebHelp. I am following instructions to make the WebHelp function like the website we are using as a model, which features a TOC for each chapter as a separate page. So I understand that what I'm doing is essentially pounding a square peg into a round hole, but it seems like it should work as long as RoboHelp can pick up the right paragraph styles.
I can eliminate the page numbers pretty easily by choosing to use hyperlinks instead of page numbers in web output (this is an option in Word 2010), but the Hyperlink style is a character style that overlays the paragraph styles TOC 1, TOC 2, etc and suppresses page numbers. While the Hyperlink character style translates with no problem to RoboHelp, those underlying paragraph styles are still not linking up quite right. For the sake of trying to simplify things and address the real problem, I temporarily removed the hyperlinks (thereby including the page numbers) in order to straighten things out. Thank you for pointing out the apparent oversight, though!
What's confusing about the problem is that WD_TOC 1 and WD_TOC 2 are already defined--they just aren't being applied. I can apply them manually, but as soon as I do, the status indicator in the Project Manager pod changes to the yellow triangle with an exclamation point (), indicating that the project is out of sync. As soon as I update the topics, those TOCs revert to having no paragraph styles at all. Does that make sense?
Thanks again for your help!
Yes, that might have to be the workaround:apply the paragraph styles manually, and then exclude the topics containing the TOCs from updating. It's not an ideal solution because if the TOCs ever change, I (or whoever receives the project from me, who will probably be even less familiar with RoboHelp) will have to either update the TOCs and then reapply all of the paragraph styles manually, or just manually update the TOC topics. Either way, it's less automation--and less of the benefit of linking the document--than I was hoping for.
Thank you for taking the time to consider the problem and offer suggestions. I'm going to leave the question marked "Not Answered" in case anyone else has ideas, but for now, I'll be manually updating my TOCs.