Link directly to a WebHelp topic... with the navigaton bar?

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Link directly to a WebHelp topic... with the navigaton bar?

Postby bbuchko on Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:07 am

Within my app, we're including context-sensitive help. I know we can link directly to a topic (since it's HTML), but is there a way to link to a topic within the navigation framework? We'd like to let users search, browse, add favorites, etc, even when they open up directly to a specific topic from within the app.

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Re: Link directly to a WebHelp topic... with the navigaton bar?

Postby RamonS on Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:24 am

Yes, you can do that by calling the desired topic as as a reference to the help' s _csh file. Or less complicated: look in the output folder of your webhelp and you will see the file for the default topic and also a file with the same name, but "_csh" attached. When you call that file you can pass along the map ID, alias, or file name of the topic you want to have displayed. This _csh file is used as entry point and loads the framework as well as the topic that you specified. The Flare help has a topic that outlines this nicely.
You can find that topic also here in the online version of the Flare help:
http://www.madcapsoftware.com/support/w ... lopers.htm

I find the URL method to be the easiest, but it all depends on personal preference and the application itself. One method may work out better than the other or vice versa.
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