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Demo Flare only outputs one topic

Postby johnbwriter on Wed May 28, 2008 11:06 am

Hi,

I just started exploring the demo version of Flare, to discover if it can be used to edit/organize topics for single-source output to FrameMaker (for printed/PDF documentation) and Microsoft HTML help (these are client requirements).

One immediate problem that I'm having is that even with the Sample project included with Flare, the output to FrameMaker only includes the first topic. I'm not using any conditions, and all the topics are included in the TOC on the Project Organizer. If I output to HTML help, all the topics are included in the help file.

Is there any particular reason why I am only getting one topic when I output to FrameMaker? Any suggestions for things I could try?

Thanks,
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Re: Demo Flare only outputs one topic

Postby SteveS on Wed May 28, 2008 3:33 pm

Hi John,

Welcome to the forums.

You need to do a couple of things:

1. You need a frame target (which you must have already if you're creating output)

2. You need a TOC for the target to use (again, you must alreday have that)

3. Add the topics you want to publish to the TOC

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Re: Demo Flare only outputs one topic

Postby LTinker68 on Wed May 28, 2008 3:46 pm

Did you play with the mc-heading-level property of any of the heading styles (<h1>, <h2>, etc.). If you set any of those to zero then they won't be included in the generated print table of contents. (I wasn't sure if you meant only one topic was listed in the generated TOC or if you meant the full TOC was printed but only one topic followed it.)

Also, if you have a conditional tag applied to a topic at the topic- or folder-level and that conditional tag is excluded from the output, then the topic won't be in the output, even though it's listed in the TOC file. (If you exclude a topic in the TOC then it's included in the output but doesn't appear in the TOC. If you exclude a topic at the topic level, then it's not included in the output or in the TOC.)
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Re: Demo Flare only outputs one topic

Postby johnbwriter on Wed May 28, 2008 4:09 pm

Got it - thanks!
To my own humiliation, I found the problem was user error. I expected Flare to output mulitple chapters, but that's not what I told it to do in the TOC.

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Re: Demo Flare only outputs one topic

Postby doc_guy on Wed May 28, 2008 10:42 pm

Glad you figured it out.

Nothing humiliating about learning a new program. And Flare isn't the easiest new program to learn! :) But we'll help where we can...
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