Extra Pages in Printed HTML Topic

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Extra Pages in Printed HTML Topic

Postby Boone on Mon May 05, 2008 12:53 pm

Printing or Print Previewing an HTML topic, either from within FLARE via the "Preview Compiled Topic" button or from within the compiled .CHM, always prints an extra heading page before printing the topic. What am I doing wrong?
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Re: Extra Pages in Printed HTML Topic

Postby LTinker68 on Mon May 05, 2008 2:19 pm

Is the heading on one page and the content on another, or is the heading printing twice, once without the content and once with?
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Re: Extra Pages in Printed HTML Topic

Postby Boone on Fri May 09, 2008 6:55 am

The heading is printed twice. The heading prints on the first without the content, then prints on the next page with the content. Furthermore, the format of the heading on the first page is different than the format on the second page. The format on the second page is correct. This may be because the topic headings in my project are not using the standard H1 style. They are using a customized heading style that came in with the RoboHelp sources from which they originated.
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Re: Extra Pages in Printed HTML Topic

Postby LTinker68 on Fri May 09, 2008 10:06 am

Hmmm. Do you have a topic inside a book and the book is pointing to that same topic? If that were the case then I'd think that the topic would print twice (once for the book-linked reference to the topic, and once for the topic-link reference to the topic). But that wouldn't explain why it would happen if you tried printing a single topic from the Flare Preview window.

In one of the topics, try switching the RH-style heading tag to the default H1 tag in Flare, build the output, and try printing that modified topic. If it prints correctly, then there's something in that RH-style that's causing the hiccup. Or the print media format of the RH style.
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Re: Extra Pages in Printed HTML Topic

Postby KevinDAmery on Fri May 09, 2008 10:10 am

One of the headings may have the page-break-before attribute assigned to it. If there is no body text under the previous heading, you would get a page with a heading but no body copy.

I agree with Lisa that you should take a look at the heading styles. I might even go so far as consolidating the RH styles into standard heading styles to make your stylesheet simpler.
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Re: Extra Pages in Printed HTML Topic

Postby wclass on Fri May 09, 2008 4:03 pm

Also have a look at the options on the "Printed Output" tab of your target. Is "Inject headings for unlinked books" set? If it is, clear it and try again. This option is really only useful when used in conjunction with the setting to use the TOC depth to create heading levels.
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Re: Extra Pages in Printed HTML Topic

Postby Boone on Wed May 14, 2008 11:50 am

Thanks for everyone's suggestions - they got me onto the right track. The custom RH heading style did indeed have "page-break-before" set to "always" under print support, but that was only part of the problem. I had to also change "mc-heading-level" under Print Support for my RH style from 0 to 1 and for the h1 style from 1 to 0. Presto! The problem is fixed.
I actually would like to change my RH heading style to the standard h1 style, but don't see an easy way to do it in my 900+ individual files. I was looking at using search and replace to change my RH "Topic Heading" to "h1". I could easily enough replace the start tag for Topic Heading, but it's a paragraph style, so I wouldn't be able to globally replace the ending tag since it's </p>, which is used everywhere. Got any ideas?
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