Using Xenu to check for broken links in Flare output

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Using Xenu to check for broken links in Flare output

Postby jeniv on Fri Jul 31, 2015 3:21 pm

Here’s a tip for anyone trying to use Xenu to check for broken links in Flare. With Robohelp I always used Xenu to check for broken links, and it worked very well. When I tried it with Flare, it only checked the top level because it seems that Flare handles the TOC differently from Robohelp. I was able to get Xenu to work with Flare output by creating a dummy topic and inserting a TOC proxy in it. I then generated the output and pointed Xenu to the dummy topic. Voila! Xenu then successfully checked all my links, just as it had done in RoboHelp.
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Re: Using Xenu to check for broken links in Flare output

Postby ChoccieMuffin on Mon Aug 03, 2015 7:49 am

...or you could use Madcap Analyzer instead...
Started as a newbie with Flare 6.1, now using Flare 2019r1.
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Re: Using Xenu to check for broken links in Flare output

Postby devjoe on Mon Aug 03, 2015 8:07 am

The problems with using Analyzer to check links are:
  • If you have links across merged projects, Analyzer reports all of those as bad because it doesn't see the other project
  • If you have conditionally excluded topics, Analyzer doesn't detect if there are non-excluded links to the excluded topics.
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Re: Using Xenu to check for broken links in Flare output

Postby Dave Lee on Tue Aug 04, 2015 2:05 am

I can see Xenu would be useful for external links - so it'd be handy for merged projects.

Just to be clear, you can check for broken links using Project Analysis in Flare - you don't need the separate Analyzer app.

devjoe wrote:If you have conditionally excluded topics, Analyzer doesn't detect if there are non-excluded links to the excluded topics.


Links to an excluded topic will not created as (broken) links in the output though - it removes the actual link, and just includes the link text.

The build log will also tell you about these links to excluded topics.
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