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By following specific steps in RoboHelp 9, you can get good working lists. The process is described on my site and it took a lot of work to get that right, indeed it depended on the fixes that were included in the 902 service release.
Whilst those changes were obviously not in RoboHelp 8, it is possible the same steps will work in RoboHelp 8. Sorry but I am not able to test that right now.
In this scenario, I would leave my main project alone and test various ways of importing in a test project.
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Thank you for the suggestions on your site, Peter. I could not use them directly, but they set me off on a series of experiments that resulted in a workable solution.
The solution is this: I imported the bulleted lists as "RoboHelp lists". This is done by selecting Edit, under Word document, in the second screen of the import process (titled "Import"). The resulting dialog box, Conversion Settings, is used set up style equivalences and to break up the imported file into topics based on styles. After setting up my style conversions, I clicked on Other Settings in the left-hand pane to get a series of checkboxes. I selected the one that says "Convert Word list to" and selected "RoboHelp list". I clicked OK, then Finish.
When the import completed, I opened each topic and selected all the bulleted-list items (which all had the same indent, regardless of what level they were supposed to be) and clicked on the bulleted-list icon. The list items now took on appropriate indentation.
I am still experimenting with styles and style sheets to get exactly the appearance I want, but I am now fairly confident that this approach will work for me.
Thank you, Peter, for pointing me in the right direction.