At MAX next month, Adobe is putting together some sessions with snacks and drinks to get feedback on the new version of Community Help. Get a sneak preview. The new Community Help has an all new AIR interface and some exciting new features.
The sessions will be held at these times:
• Monday 10/5/09 11:30 am – 1 pm
• Tuesday 10/6/09 4:30 pm – 6 pm
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you think you can make either of these sessions at MAX and she’ll send you more details.
With RoboHelp, you can automatically generate mini TOCs in long articles with many subsections.
Here’s Benny Joseph, my colleague at Adobe and a RoboHelp pro, on when to use the mini TOC placeholder and how:
Consider the following when you create and apply master pages with mini TOC in your RoboHelp project:
Need for mini TOC: Many topics could contain only one coherent topic, which does not require structuring through sub headings or bookmarks within the topic. For such topics, a mini TOC might not be required. You can create a separate master page without the mini TOC placeholder and apply it to such topics to avoid the mini TOC from appearing.
Topic Length: If your article is a large topic with many subsections, the mini TOC could appear long and nested. In such cases, try to restructure and divide the content and in multiple topics. For example, if you use lower heading levels such as Heading 5 and Heading 6 to highlight definition lists, try to bunch them under a higher level heading, and apply paragraph styles other than heading styles.
Number of levels: RoboHelp includes heading levels 2 through 6 in the mini TOC by default. However, if the topics have a large number of lower-level heading styles, the mini TOCs generated on these pages can become long and deeply nested. To avoid this, limit the number of levels in the mini TOC to have a shorter mini TOC that gives a quick overview of your topic contents.
Placement: Even though you can place a mini TOC placeholder in a topic or a master page, use the master page option if your project is large or you are updating an existing project. Inserting a mini TOC placeholder in each topic can be time-consuming, whereas you can apply a master page with a mini TOC placeholder to large projects at one go.
A poll to decide the most preferred Help Authoring Tool (HAT) is on for weeks now on the Technical Writers of India (TWIN) home page. TWIN is the meeting ground of new and experienced technical writers scattered over many metros of India and attracts thousands of visitors daily. But let’s get back to where I began: the poll to decide the most preferred HAT.
RoboHelp doggedly retains the top position with a whopping 85% percent of votes!
This is great news and reason enough for reaching out with Help to the wide network of RoboHelp users. Adobe’s commitment to integrate the community has seen many new initiatives in 2009. A Help and Support page for different products is one. On these pages, you will find a variety of Help resources—user guides, tutorials, videos, articles, and blogs—gathered from Adobe and community content. Check out the Help and Support pages for RoboHelp: