FM 2019 Publish Responsive HTML5 Indigo Skin

Explorer ,
May 26, 2021 May 26, 2021

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I am publishing a large FrameMaker 2019 book as Responsive HTML5 using the Indigo skin.

 

I want to make some changes to the template, but cannot figure out where to make the changes.

 

header.png

I want to change:

 

  • The "Welcome to Our Help Center" header
  • The "What can we help you with today?" subhead
  • Choose different icons for each of the topics
  • Update the copyright notice at the bottom

 

I have RoboHelp 2019, but want to try and make it work to publish directly from FM if at all possible.  Converting from FM to RH and then publishing would be a monumental headache, especially since I am not the only person who edits this document.

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Adobe Employee , May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021
Here is how to customize the text: Browse to your settings file ("Settings.sts"). Make a copy of it and rename it with .zip appended (e.g., "Settings-Custom.sts.zip"). Open the "Settings.sts.zip" with any Zip-App of your choice (e.g., 7zip, Winzip, WinRar, etc.). In the ZIP you will find \!Language!\en_US\RoboHHRE.lng Extract RoboHHRE.lng and open it in a text editor like Windows Notepad, Notepad++, or any professional XML Editor. You will find the content you want to change relatively at...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 26, 2021 May 26, 2021

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I can't recall if the Publish HTML5 route in FM exposed the same skin elements as you can get at in RH - have you tried creating a new set of Settings and messing around inside it?

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Adobe Employee ,
May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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Just so that I understand it correctly: The screenshot you are showing from the help center … you did generate that with RoboHelp, not with FrameMaker, right?

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Explorer ,
May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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The content came from FrameMaker.  Under File > Publish > Responsive HTML5.

 

file menu.png  responsiove html5.png

 

From here I can edit the Indigo skin.

 

indigo.png

 

But I can't figure out where to edit the header, subhead, icons, or copyright text.

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Explorer ,
May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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* came from and was generated by FrameMaker

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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What are you seeing when you choose "Edit" there?
(haven't got a new version of FM in front of me to look for myself)

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Explorer ,
May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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It allows me to change colors and widths and things like that, but not the areas I need to edit.

 

edit screen.png

 

For example, here is what's under the HEADER tab:

 

header2.png

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Adobe Employee ,
May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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Here is how to customize the text:

  1. Browse to your settings file ("Settings.sts").
  2. Make a copy of it and rename it with .zip appended (e.g., "Settings-Custom.sts.zip").
  3. Open the "Settings.sts.zip" with any Zip-App of your choice (e.g., 7zip, Winzip, WinRar, etc.).
  4. In the ZIP you will find \!Language!\en_US\RoboHHRE.lng
  5. Extract RoboHHRE.lng and open it in a text editor like Windows Notepad, Notepad++, or any professional XML Editor.
  6. You will find the content you want to change relatively at the end:
    <section name="ResponsiveHTML5">
    	<!-- other strings -->
    	<element name="Copyright" value="© Copyright 2017. All rights reserved."></element>
    	<element name="Welcome_header" value="Welcome to our Help Center"></element>
    	<element name="Welcome_text" value="What can we help you with today?"></element>
    	<!-- other strings -->
    </section>
    ​

    You can change the text in the value attribute between the quotation marks.
  7. Save and close the file and add it back to the zip.
  8. Rename your new settings file from "Settings-Custom.sts.zip" to "Settings-Custom.sts"
  9. Load the new Settings-Custom.sts file into the publish dialog.
  10. Publish 🙂

 

Note, that the "preview" images shown in the Layout Customization Editor only show pixel images for illustration purposes. They will not show this changed text.

 

You can also find the two icons for the welcome page in this zip in folder \!ScreenLayout!\IndigoResponsive_HTML5:

  • theme-1-toc-book.png
  • theme-1-toc-book-over.png
  • theme-1-toc-topic.png
  • theme-1-toc-topic-over.png

You can replace them with your own (best, to keep the size the same). If you want to have different icons for the books, it would get more complicated (enough for a separate post).

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Explorer ,
May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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Thank you, Stefan!  Everything looks fine until I try to publish.

 

Every time I replace the RoboHHRE.lng file within the ZIP file, it reverts it back to the original settings.  I've tried it many times now, in several different ways, and it just won't accept any edits made.

 

Here's what I'm doing:

 

01. Copy the Settings.sts file.

02. Rename the copied file to Settings-Custom.sts.zip.

03. Open the ZIP archive.

04. Edit the RoboHHRE.lng file.

05. I save the revised RoboHHRE.lng to my desktop.

06. I copy the new file from my desktop to the ZIP file. It asks if I want to replace the RoboHHRE.lng file that is already there. I click yes . . . but now there are TWO copies of the RoboHHRE.lng file.

07. I check to see which one has the edits I want and delete the other.

08. Save the ZIP file.

09. Change the name to Settings-Custom.sts and place it back in the original directory with the Settings.sts file.

10. Tell FM to use the Settings-Custom.sts file.

11. Publish.

 

No joy.  It has reverted back to the default wording.

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06. I copy the new file from my desktop to the ZIP file. It asks if I want to replace the RoboHHRE.lng file that is already there. I click yes . . . but now there are TWO copies of the RoboHHRE.lng file.

07. I check to see which one has the edits I want and delete the other.

 

Maybe in one of the two steps is an error happening? If there are two copies, one probably has a name like RoboHHRE (2).lng or RoboHHRE - Copy.lng? If you delete RoboHHRE.lng and keep the newer one, make sure to also rename it back to "RoboHHRE.lng".

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Explorer ,
May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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Thanks, but  I did try that.  FM still reverted it back. =/

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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I've got to remember that the .sts file is just a zip (like .docx) with all the goodies in it!

But really, it needs more exposing in the UI - @johno51871765, fire up the Tracker (https://tracker.adobe.com/) to log a request for that. Post it here & let people vote for it.

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May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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I would suggest unzipping the renamed copy of the settings.zip - then edit within the unzipped folder, then zip it back up.

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May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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I did try that. FM still reverted it back to the original.  It's like the freakin' Terminator....

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Jun 08, 2021 Jun 08, 2021

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If you're zipping the folder, then things will next one extra level and not be usable. Did you select all the files/folders to be zipped and then compress?

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Jun 09, 2021 Jun 09, 2021

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I tried that, too.  =/

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Make sure your copy of the settings has the modified language file in it & then create a new Responsive HTML Output (call it something slightly different) and point it at your modified .sts file. Oh, and make sure you have admin rights to be able to mess about in that location where you found the settings.sts file

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May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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Thank you.  I'll give that a try.

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May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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I FOUND IT!!!!!

 

In my output folder is a file called index.lng.

 

solution.png

Within that file you can change lots of things including the header (Welcome_header), subhead (Welcome_text), and copyright date (Copyright).

 

Welcome_header=[Put your deired text here]
...

Welcome_text=[Put your deired text here]
...
Copyright=[Put your deired text here]

 

No messing with ZIP files.

 

Thank you everyone for your help with this.

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May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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Oops . . . *desired *desired *desired

 

😉

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Adobe Employee ,
May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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However, that file will get overwritten with the next publishing run.

I have just replicated it and it works fine. I'm pretty sure somewhere in your way something got confused.

Please find attached my settings file. Due to forum file upload restrictions, I have named it "Settings-Custom-Stefan.txt". Just download it and rename it to "Settings-Custom-Stefan.sts", load it into the publishing panel and republish to a new folder. You will see it works:

 

Stefan-Gentz_0-1622143906341.png

 

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May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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For some reason, I cannot see the attchment, Stefan.

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May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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Hm, yes, me neither. Looks like the forum ghosts have eaten it!

I have sent you a direct mail with the attachment to your Adobe ID email address and with the subject line "FrameMaker Publishing with Indigo Layout / Custom Settings STS".

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May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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Yes, but the next time you create output, you're going to lose your customizations - that's why Stefan's way is better - you fix your "factory" copy of the settings, not the output each time.

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May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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Darn it. So close.  It worked the first time, but I had a typo in my edits so I re-edited the file.

 

When I went to republish the book through FM, it reverted . . . back to my typo-ed version.

 

At least I got it to stop using the default information, but now I am fighting it to make it use the new, fixed-typo version.

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