Unstructured Frame compiled WebHelp ... can we get a listing

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Unstructured Frame compiled WebHelp ... can we get a listing

Postby Joywriter on Thu Dec 18, 2008 1:54 pm

My project is compiled from Unstructured Frame documents. The target is WebHelp.

My question: can I prepare an output of ONLY our Heading1s (which are our topic headings) without the accompanying drop-down text and togglers associated with them. My thought is for single-sourcing ... to get the titles (Heading1s) and descriptions for all our topics in the project? I want the Heading1 with the brief overview description that accompanies them but without the rest of the drop-downs/togglers associated with the topics? :shock:
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Re: Unstructured Frame compiled WebHelp ... can we get a listing

Postby GregStenhouse on Thu Dec 18, 2008 2:05 pm

You could use a TOC proxy. Create a seperate topic, called "Listing" or similar. Suggest making it conditional so you don't see it in your output. In the topic, click Insert>Proxy>Insert TOC Proxy...

That will create a list of all headings with the "mc-heading-level" style class set.
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Re: Unstructured Frame compiled WebHelp ... can we get a listing

Postby Joywriter on Thu Dec 18, 2008 2:21 pm

OK ... I've created a new topic "Listing"
Insert > Proxy > Insert TOC Proxy
Added h1 as the heading.

Could you please spoon-feed me as to what I should do next? :oops:
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Re: Unstructured Frame compiled WebHelp ... can we get a listing

Postby LTinker68 on Thu Dec 18, 2008 3:00 pm

I'm not quite sure what you're trying to do. Are you trying to create WebHelp output with that information, or are you trying to print that information? If it's the former, then use conditional tags on the content you don't want to appear in the output (the TOC, index, and glossary proxies don't work in WebHelp output). If you're trying to take the same content in your WebHelp and generate a print output, the togglers and drop-downs and such are automatically converted to straight text in the print output. So if you don't want the togglers, drop-downs, etc., to appear in the print output, then you still apply conditional tags to those effects so that they won't be included.
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Re: Unstructured Frame compiled WebHelp ... can we get a listing

Postby GregStenhouse on Thu Dec 18, 2008 5:14 pm

After re-reading your initial post, I may have led you down the garden path a bit. A TOC proxy might be useful if you want only a listing of the topic headings, but if you want to single source with headings and a description (e.g. the first paragraph in the topic) then you'll need to make use of Flare's conditional features (e.g. conditional tags). A small tip that may help, if producing print output, you can specifiy not to include the body of expanding text (open the target file, and click on the Printed Output tab).

If you want to continue trying out the TOC Proxy, preview the topic. If it looks good, you could:
1. set up a TOC with only that topic, then
2. associate a print target (e.g. PDF or Word) with that TOC, then
3. Build that target
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Re: Unstructured Frame compiled WebHelp ... can we get a listing

Postby Joywriter on Fri Dec 19, 2008 6:17 am

Ahhhh but the garden of Flare is beautiful ... so many flowers to pick, so little time!
And yes, specifically what I want to do is create a list of all topics with our h1 heading to create an inventory of topics within the project. The output can be a PDF or screen output that I could print.

I've created a topic [b]within[/b] the project called Listing and used the [b]Insert > Proxy > Insert List-Of Proxy > tag name > h1[/b].

From here is where I am disoriented. Do I create another TOC within the project (I don't want to jeopardize the actual true project) attach it to a PDF target and Build Primary? :?
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