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Snippets - "used in" overview within topic page?

New Here ,
Oct 25, 2016 Oct 25, 2016

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We are using snippets for multiple uses in several topic pages - that means: one snippet is used in one or more topic pages.

Now we have the following use case:

the users of the help file want to know in which topic pages the snippet will be used. So, is it possible to make a topic page for the snippet with an overview of all topic pages where the snippet is used in? Within the properties of a snippet you have the tab "used in" - is it possible to provide this  information within a topic page?

Thanks!

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Oct 25, 2016 Oct 25, 2016

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Go to Tools > Topic Properties > Snippets. You could save the report as a .RTF file and then link to that file and display it in the TOC.

It's interesting to me that the users want to know where a snippet is being used. Why would they care?

Hope this information helps you.

Paul Hanson

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LEGEND ,
Oct 25, 2016 Oct 25, 2016

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Hi there

If indeed it is your end users that want to know all topics where the Snippet appears, I have a fairly simple way to achieve it.

Basically you create a See Also keyword that represents the Snippet. Then in any topic where the snippet appears, you insert a See Also control and point it to the keyword. You then add the topic to the list in the See Also pod for that keyword.

From there forward it self-updates. I suppose you could even make part of the snippet itself contain the link. That would even make it better. It could even be hidden.

Cheers... Rick

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That sounds fascinating and totally beyond what I would have ever thought of doing! Here's a vote for a quick video demo!

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LEGEND ,
Oct 25, 2016 Oct 25, 2016

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Okay, I'll bite.

See if this video linked below helps. Not polished and is crude and rough, but should explain it.

Click here to view

Cheers... Rick

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LEGEND ,
Oct 25, 2016 Oct 25, 2016

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To quote Negan:

Was the joke that bad?

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I like it!

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New Here ,
Nov 24, 2016 Nov 24, 2016

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is it possible to edit the report for the snippets, maybe the sorting.

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Hi there

Not much control from RoboHelp for the report. But note that you do have a "Save As" option that allows you to save as a file. You could save the report and use another tool to manipulate the file.

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Cheers... Rick

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