Keeping it Clean – Ways to Streamline Content in RoboHelp

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Our second RoboHelp webinar in February featured one of our most popular guests, Beth Gerber of Lightext Inc., of Arcadia, California. Beth presented an informative overview of how to keep content simple and focused in RoboHelp, using real life projects in a life demo during the second half.

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Keeping it Clean – Ways to Streamline Content in RoboHelp

Minute Markers to key highlights of the presentation:

03:00

Review of Lightext clients and speaker’s credentials

04:00

Examples of customer experience with many complex projects that needed to be merged and simplified

05:00

Review of Challenges in typical projects

01 challenges

Frustrations:

  • Inconsistent, insufficient content

  • Hard to maintain

  • Other Reliable Content

Goal is to make large doc sets useable for “Every Purpose & Audience”

06:40

Why you should “avoid being a dumping ground”

07:45

Combatants Against Chaos

There are many steps and features in RoboHelp that help meet this challenge

08:30

STANDARDIZATION TOOLS in RoboHelp

  • Master Pages

  • Style Sheets

  • What’s New

  • Archives

  • Careful Organization: don’t be too layered

  • Topical Contents: TOC is more than just an index, let it guide users to concepts

13:00

Eliminating Duplication: overview of tools

02 elim duplicate

16:00

Eliminating Duplicate Content in the Workplace

  • Roles of Writers and Trainers have melded in recent times

  • Determine what’s the best source of this content

  • Enable multiple deliverables from single source files

19:15

Improving Sustainability

20:30

Overview of features shown:

Snippets; Glossary; Topic Reuse; Content Filters;

Collaboration between Authors; Link to Word docs; Output for multiple purposes

22:00

LIVE DEMO

Project that shares information with customers at RETAIL and WHOLESALE … very little difference between the 2 versions from single source files

26:00

Demonstrate a content filter that will show/hide relevant content from one published project in WebHelp

30:00

“customer contact and retention” project using SNIPPETS for globally “same” content, like content information.

33:00

View of project AFTER a snippet has been updated

34:00

Working with the GLOSSARY to add terms

36:00

Output with Glossary restyling … to get pop-ups instead of expandable text …

38:00

Working with RESOURCE MANAGER to allow global content that can be inserted in many projects …

Example of new topic appearing in Resource Manager after dragged there by a co-worker

03 RM snippets

41:00

Example of how RESOURCE MANAGER will show that an instance of a SNIPPET has changed in a project; you have the option to update RESOURCE MANAGER snippet to match edited project instance. Changes can originate in RM or in a project, for snippets

43:00

Guidelines for useful Table of Contents

46:00

Insertion of VALIDATION QUIZZES in form of Captivate videos (SW simulation)

51:00

Demo display of published output, noting the MACRO level of ensuring that all goals are being met


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Posted on 02-05-2015


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