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CSH API vs Directly Calling Topic URLs

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Feb 13, 2015

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Okay, folks, I need some help. I've worked with developers at two different employers, and each time I give them the CSH APIs and Instructions for Developers, they look at me strangely and ask why they can't just call the correct topic for each context.

I understand that there are some functions, like calling a named window in webhelp, that wouldn't work because they are not using the API. However, I'm using the new, awesome responsive HTML5 output for my current project. According to WvanWeelden (http://www.wvanweelden.eu/articles/context-sensitivity-multiscreenresponsive-html5), it doesn't matter with responsive HTML5 since you're not using specific screen layouts.

Is there any other functionality that I should be concerned about eliminating if we choose to call specific topics within the application instead of using the CSH API? I know that I shouldn't change my topic name (URL) unless I want dev to have to make the change within the application. Anything else?

Thanks, in advance, for your responses,

Becky Williams
RelayHealth

Not changing the url's is the only thing I can think of. The CSH API for Responsive HTML5 simply isn't very complex.

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CSH API vs Directly Calling Topic URLs

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Okay, folks, I need some help. I've worked with developers at two different employers, and each time I give them the CSH APIs and Instructions for Developers, they look at me strangely and ask why they can't just call the correct topic for each context.

I understand that there are some functions, like calling a named window in webhelp, that wouldn't work because they are not using the API. However, I'm using the new, awesome responsive HTML5 output for my current project. According to WvanWeelden (http://www.wvanweelden.eu/articles/context-sensitivity-multiscreenresponsive-html5), it doesn't matter with responsive HTML5 since you're not using specific screen layouts.

Is there any other functionality that I should be concerned about eliminating if we choose to call specific topics within the application instead of using the CSH API? I know that I shouldn't change my topic name (URL) unless I want dev to have to make the change within the application. Anything else?

Thanks, in advance, for your responses,

Becky Williams
RelayHealth

Not changing the url's is the only thing I can think of. The CSH API for Responsive HTML5 simply isn't very complex.

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Feb 14, 2015

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Not changing the url's is the only thing I can think of. The CSH API for Responsive HTML5 simply isn't very complex.

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Thank you, William!

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