In HTML Help, how to link to remote topic (a topic in another .chm file) (RoboHelp 2020)

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Apr 30, 2022 Apr 30, 2022

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I use RoboHelp 9 to create HTML Help. I am using a trial copy of RoboHelp 2020.7.47 to see if  I can upgrade and still do all the things I can do in v9. One thing I do often is create links to topics in another .chm file (a "remote" topic). In v9, this was very simple. The Hyperlink window allowed me to select Remote Topic:

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How do I do the eqivalent in v2020?

 

I have another, related question. I thought one way I might be able to do the above would be to include a Child .chm file in my TOC. I'd rather not do it this way, but I gave it a try. So, in my TOC, I did this:

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After I browsed to another .chm file, an entry for the file showed up in my TOC. However, the entry is totally useless. When I generate HTLM Help, the entry is omitted from the TOC in the output. And, I see no way to create links to the topics in the Child .chm file. Does this work differently for anyone else? Is this entry useless for me because I am using a trial version of v2020?

 

Thanks in advance for anyone who can help!

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May 01, 2022 May 01, 2022

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I am not seeing the option to link to a Child HTML Help topic and I wonder if the version is the issue. The latest released version is 2020.7.46 but you have 47. 

 

In 2020.7.46 there is no obvious way and I am looking into that.

 

If CHMs are your only output, they haven't changed in how they work since 2004 so I'm wondering what is your motivation for upgrading? RoboHelp 2020 is a subscription whereas RoboHelp 9 is costing you nothing. If you are wanting to change your output type, then you would need to upgrade.

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May 02, 2022 May 02, 2022

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What I had forgotten was that to create CHM links you have to enable a project setting. With that done I see the option you have shown and have shown to Adobe that it does not work.

 

Please report this as a bug. Follow this link to report bugs or request new features. https://tracker.adobe.com. Post the link to your bug report / feature request in this thread and others can vote for it. The more people who do so, the higher it gets prioritised.

 

Please check the build though as it should be 2020.7.46. 2020.7.47 is not a released version.

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May 03, 2022 May 03, 2022

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It seems that linking to a specific topic is not possible in 2020.

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May 04, 2022 May 04, 2022

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Hi Peter,

Thank you very much for your research and replies. It's really great of you
to do this, and it is much appreciated.

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May 04, 2022 May 04, 2022

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OK but do log that bug. 

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