Puzzled over alias/map files, linking to topics

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Puzzled over alias/map files, linking to topics

Postby JoeWeinmunson on Thu Oct 15, 2020 1:13 pm

A while back I imported our software's Help file from Microsoft HTML Help into Flare. It went great, but I've run into a problem and I'm going in circles. The old project had two files, alias.h and map.h. If I search for alias in the QuickLaunch bar my only option is to create a new Alias file, not open an existing one. However, I presume those old identifiers must exist SOMEWHERE in the finished .chm file because on a spot check most of the old links still work. So, are those old identifiers preserved somewhere in the Flare project? If so, where? If not, how do I go about recreating it so I can point our programmers to which topics should open with which screens in the program?
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Re: Puzzled over alias/map files, linking to topics

Postby Dave Lee on Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:35 am

Files with a .h extension are header files, and you'll find them in your Flare project somewhere inside the Project Organizer > Advanced folder.

The alias file in Flare just contains the mappings between the identifiers/values and the topics. But the actual identifiers/values displayed in the alias editor come from your header files.

If you have missing identifiers from your old project, you can manually copy the header files into your Flare project (Project\Advanced folder) and they'll appear in the alias editor.
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