I am using RoboHelp 2019 version 2019.0.5. I am outputting to Responsive HTML5.
Is it possible to create tool tips in RoboHelp and then have a link in the tool tip that the user can click to proceed to a regular topic?
Where exactly are you trying to use the tooltip? Can you describe what you are trying to do, or post a screenshot or mockup? I have another idea, but it depends a bit on what you're trying to do.
My boss wants this done and I am trying to accomplish this in RoboHelp 2019 HTML. I need to deliver tool tips which need to be only text and no graphics in separate topics except a link to a regular topic with graphics and all the bells and whistles of my main help system. I created a folder called Tool_Tips and have a couple topics that are only text with a single link to full fledged topic (below).
1. I created a separate Output Preset taking everything out including no Master Page and scoped down the skin etc.
2. However, on output I still have a sidebar with search (below). I want the output to just to be text with one link (below Add Device).
Also, when I click on the link in Tool_Tip_Add_Device.htm, I want the FULL topic with images Table of Contents etc. So I save off the Tool Tip files.
3. Then I go back to Output Presets and Output the main Help system.
4. My plan is to save off those files and deliver that separately.
I've got it to the point if I save the Tool_Tips output separate from the output of the whole Help system, and then start from the .htm file (i.e. Tool_Tip_Add_Folder) rather than Generate Preset ---> View Output from RobHelp it seems to work the way I want. I am using a stripped down topic for tool tips and then clicking from there to a full help system file with Master Page, headers, footers, default CSS, TOC, index, etc. Then I click the back arrow of browser (i.e. Chrome in this case) to navigate back to the tool tip. Unless you have a better way of doing this, I believe I want to keep it simple. Am meeting with developers and managers next week to present my solution.
I'm not sure if this is up to date and works with the wonderful world of HTML 5 and all, but there once was something called "OverLib" that seemed to offer stuff like that.
A quick Google brought this link up:
So the tooltip help pages are supposed to be used as tooltips in an application and then clicking on the link will open the full help suite?
Yes that would be one way into the Help system, but of course there will be in some instances the traditional ? question marks that a user would click on to get a full topic. My boss just wanted control of tool tips rather than leaving them to the developers. We now have responsibility for tool tips and the help system. Tool tips are now essentially part of the help system. I am delivering the content of the tool tips, basically and the programmer will figure out how to display and make sure the links are intact.
Thanks for the extra info. My idea won't work in that scenario, so if your solution works and no-one has a better idea, then I think go with it. Let us know how it goes.
I have developed a loose procedure to accomplish Tool Tips to Help Topics that I wish to share here:
Notes to Output Full Help and Tool Tips Help
NOTE: The outputs directory is deleted EACH time an outputs is created
12. Save the entire outputs sub-directory folder and name it outputsToolTips_MM_DD_YYYY
13. Delete index.htm and index.ppf for Tool Tips from outputsToolTips_MM_DD_YYYY
NOTE: Outputs are backed up by title and date at C:\Users\Rory.Jakes\OneDrive - C Squared Systems, LLC\Unified Project\OutputsBackup
I want to add one point about setting this up in my project. You need to create a separate Mater Page that is empty or blank EXCEPT include the default.css style sheet. In the Tool Tips output I was click on the link to a topic and it was not including my styles.
I was clicking on the link...