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Adobe RoboHelp: Merging TOCs
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For large help systems, it is common to reuse content in the Table of Contents (TOC) when part of the system uses the same options and/or features.

For instance, you might need to include a common introduction for several modules. With RoboHelp, you can include a topic in multiple locations in the TOC, allowing for easy reuse.

Recording of Beyond the Wizard: Editing HTML5 layouts in RoboHelp 11
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The recording of my webinar Session 2: Beyond the Wizard: Editing HTML5 layouts in RoboHelp 11 is now available via

RH10: Show/Hide Navigation Pane Links in Topics
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The WebHelp code has been completely rewritten in RoboHelp 10. This had the unfortunate consequence that some scripts created for RoboHelp 9 did not work. One of these scripts is my script for adding Links for Showing and Hiding the WebHelp Navigation Pane in Topics. This post shows how you can get the same functionality in RoboHelp 10.

Links for Showing and Hiding the WebHelp Navigation Pane in Topics
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This post shows you how to add show/hide links for the navigation pane in your topics.

Note: Update @2013-10-22: This script works only with RoboHelp 9 and earlier. For RoboHelp 10, see RH10: Show/Hide Navigation Pane Links in Topics

Make WebHep TOC Wrap
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Entries in the TOC normally don't wrap when the TOC becomes to small. To get the TOC entries to wrap, you need to modify the output file whthost.js.


Stop WebHelp TOC from Scrolling Horizontally
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If a title in the table of contents is very long, the TOC may automatically scroll horizontally.

To stop this, open whthost.js. Find the function syncInitand locate the line aIdList[aIdList.length-1].focus();. Now comment out the line like this:

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Hide WebHelp Navigation Pane on Load
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When you open the WebHelp, you sometimes want the TOC to be closed. To make sure the TOC is not visibile when the WebHelp opens, you need to modify your output.

Note: The same can be accomplished with a context sensitive help call using windows.  You can only accomplish this with fixing a JavaScript in your output and using a custom API. For the required modification, see Regular start page.

Always Show WebHelp Navigation Pane
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When a user opens a topic in WebHelp directly, the navigation pane is not visible. In the properties of the SSL, you can choose to show a link when a topic is opened directly. With a simple script, you can force WebHelp to always show the navigation pane.

RoboHelp 9 and below

For RoboHelp 9 and below, you can add a script to the footer of your master page (template in RoboHelp 7) :

WebHelp Toolbar Buttons that Show and Hide the Navigation Pane
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In WebHelp, the buttons for the TOC, index, search and glossary will only make the navigation pane visible: When the TOC is already opened, clicking the TOC button again will not hide the TOC. With the attached script you can create buttons that will show and hide the navigation pane based on the opened pane. For example: You click the TOC button to open the TOC. Click the TOC button again and the navigation pane will be hidden.

Remove Outline from WebHelp TOC
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When you view the TOC of your WebHelp, you may notice a grey dotted border around items in your TOC. This dotted line is called the outline. In order to remove the outline, you need to modify your output files.


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