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I run Zoom against the source files (skipping all the ProjectName.xxx files, etc.) on my machine and kick the output files to my WebHelp output folder on our server. In the Offline mode tab, set the Start directory and the Output directory (and the Base URL to ./). Because I'm indexing a merged project, I change projects/ to mergedProjects/ in the Indexing Options tab (Rewrite links panel); you need a recent version of Zoom to have this option.
In addition to what Leon offered up, I've noticed that RoboHelp was eating (dropping) one of my own favorite meta tags that I use quite often. My tag was one used to redirect. And I later discovered that if I took care to place the tag lower in the list of meta tags, it left it intact. So now I ensure that when I add it, it's the last one in the list. Since doing this, RoboHelp seems to leave it alone.
Note that it may not need to actually be last, but certainly it was a problem if it was among the first three or four.
Not sure if this will help in your situation, but it may be worth looking at.
Indexing amongst the source files is so far working great. Thanks!
I tried doing that. I put the Zoom meta tags at the bottom of the list. However, when I save the file and go back and look at the HTML source, RoboHelp seems compelled to just move my meta tag into the middle of the list. I really have no idea why.
It's a very odd thing.
When the tag is in the middle of the list, it still gets clobbered.
I haven't been able to test other placements (i.e. what happens if the tag is at the top of the list or bottom of the list) because RoboHelp feels compelled to just move it to the middle of the list. I guess it's just peculiar quirk.
Did you ever find a solution to RoboHelp insisting on removing the ZoomDescription meta tag?
I'm fighting it now in RoboHelp 7 and it's very frustrating.