We are using RoboHelp to generate Web Help. Not by creating a WebHelp project, however, as the development team prohibits all of the RoboHelp "junk" scripts and files. We are creating an HTML Help file, then using the individual HTML pages for our Web Help. The one nut we haven't cracked, however, is how we might make use of (or otherwise add automatically), the .brs file that is used in an HTML Help project.
Is there any way to use scripting to make use of the .brs file, to create a browse sequence through individual HTML pages?
Alternatively, is there any way to strip a RoboHelp WebHelp project of all of the RoboHelp scripts/files, so that a "clean" set of HTML pages w/minimum functionality results? (Minimum = TOC, Index, Browse buttons, HTML pages). Note that our Web application is for a single, specific environment (Windows), so we don't need all of the multi-browser junk (and other stuff) that RoboHelp so "helpfully" provides.
Wow, I just dropped by the forum, and realized my error in that old post. I must have been thinking of the back() and forward() commands.
I use Robohelp as well, in full. Because it employs frames, I can't use the built-in Activ buttons or commands for my browse sequences. I use RH's, or my own.
FYI, Sunil, this is the contents of a sample .brs file; it's used by the htmlhelp compiler to build it's browse sequence in the compiled .chm file:
[Countries] Botswana | Southern Africa\Botswana.htm Kenya | East Africa\kenya.htm Namibia | Southern Africa\namibia.htm Tanzania | East Africa\tanzania.htm Uganda | East Africa\uganda.htm Zambia | Southern Africa\zambia.htm Zimbabwe | Southern Africa\zimbabwe.htm
[Places to see] Kruger Camps | South Africa\Kruger Camps.htm Ndumo Wilderness Camp | South Africa\Ndumo Wilderness Camp.htm Phinda | South Africa\Phinda Resource Reserve.htm Rocktail Bay | South Africa\Rocktail Bay Lodge.htm
[Regions] East African region | Region East.htm South African region | Region South Africa.htm Southern region | Region Southern.htm
====================== So, it's not very useful unless you rewrite it....
...and using the Table of Contents list is easier.
Thanks very much to both of you for your comments. I was also hoping that someone might be able to write a script to process the .brs file. That's what the little Help window .dll does. I'm not a script person, however. (Guess if this is so important to me, I should learn!)
Sunil - the future of RoboHelp is in limbo right now, and there is no guarantee that it will continue to be supported with new releases.
RH was purchase by Adobe, which of course, was then purchased by MacroMedia - who have their own Help system and web design tools - FrameMaker, DreamWeaver, etc. So, a niche product like RoboHelp may not survive. There is a lot of speculation, and nothing forthcoming from MM indicates otherwise.
I can still send the .brs files if you need, but I think you'll be facing some diminishing returns for your effort.
right - I got the order of corporate buyouts wrong. MacroMedia bought eHelp, whose flagship product was RoboHelp. Adobe then bought MacroMedia only a few months later.
Robohelp is designed to build help systems, so they sold to software and IT businesses mostly. That makes it a business writeoff. Plus, it is a bit more intuitive than the few other products out there, and can use Word documents as their primary platform, if needed.
There are a few features in the new GoLive CS2 program that might be of interest to you.
If you are a DreamWeaver user you might recall their feeble attempt of creating templates. The idea was that you could create a template with non-editable and editable regions. Supposedly, you could change the layout in the master template and all of the off-spring pages would reflect the change. The only problem was that each child page had to be opened in DW, then saved. Not much point in using Templates with a large web site.
GoLive CS2 creates templates that when changed are automatically changed throughout the site. The idea is carried a step further with Smart Objects. Smart Objects are master images kept in a separate folder. For example, if there was nav button Smart Object that was used several times on a page(s) by changing the Smart Object all of the occurences of that button would be changed. Same for JPG, PNG, SWF, GIF, etc.
Another feature that may interest you is the Diagram page, which lets you design the layout of a site before the first page is built. After the site is built you can drag and drop pages to change the archetecture of a site and all of the links (images, urls, etc) will be updated.
The kicker for me is the outline mode for CSS. If you've ever spent time hunting down a missing </DIV> tag you'll really appreciate the outline mode. And that is just the tip of the ice berg.
As mentioned earlier, I'm still learning the basics for GL CS2, but have pretty much decided that Dreamweaver is showing its age when compared with GL CS2.
Roger, Thanks for the suggestion about Activ. I took a look at it, and it's an interesting product. We are distributing online Help for a Web application, though, and would not be able to use an .exe file for our Help. Download cannot be used, due to our need for very light client; .exe = possible issues w/client's security settings. Thx again, GMc
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