.hhc conversion

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Sep 21, 2020 Sep 21, 2020

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Hi,

 

Is there a way to convert an old style  'classic' .hhc file into a new style .toc file? By this I mean other than upgrading a 'classic' project to the new version (File > Upgrade RoboHelp Classic Project).

 

Some of our help project files are auto generated by a script and the script currently outputs an .hhc. I would like to avoid having to ask Development to rewrite the process to generate the new format .toc.

 

If the answer is no, so be it, but I would like to find out if I am missing anything first.

 

Many thanks,

 

Mark

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Sep 21, 2020 Sep 21, 2020

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So according to Google, the .hhc file is the CHM output TOC (had to look that up since it's some really ancient technology) - so it's your help project OUTPUT files that are being auto generated, not your RH project files. IIRC there are a number of tools for converting CHM output into something else - but RH isn't one of them. I'd be having a look at the process that's auto-generating this stuff - it may be as simple as invoking RH in a command line mode to create another output format.  

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Sep 21, 2020 Sep 21, 2020

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Sorry to disagree Jeff but hhc is the TOC file.

 

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The file format of everything in the New UI is completely different so the whole process will have to change, not just the hhc.

 

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Sep 21, 2020 Sep 21, 2020

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Well, what do you know - a quick Google isn't comprehensive!
So Mark, what are you actually trying to accomplish? 

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Sep 22, 2020 Sep 22, 2020

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Thanks for your replies.

 

We auto-generate 'classic' RH project files using a series of scripts. The resultant files are HTML, CSS and an .hhc (table of contents file). I take these files and import them into a RoboHelp project then publish the output.

 

This all worked ok when I had RoboHelp classic, but unfortunately I don't now: I've just got the new version which doesn't support .hhc files as far as I can see. I can create a new project, import the HTML and CSS ok, but cannot use the .hhc file. So I have to autogenerate a table of contents in RH, however there are big differences between the structure of the one I autogenerate and the original .hhc, so I have to do a lot of work to reorganise the content.

 

I do not have access to classic project files so cannot upgrade the project in the normal way. So what I'm after is a way of incorporating/converting the .hhc into the RH 2020 project I am creating. I hope that makes sense.

 

Many thanks,

Mark

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Sep 22, 2020 Sep 22, 2020

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Ok, so the question is why is the RH-created TOC so different from the script-generated one? Wouldn't they both just be looking at whatever headings you used in the HTML to bust it up into separate topics?

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Sep 22, 2020 Sep 22, 2020

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Isn't the issue here that the script is for the old format TOC and whether there was a way of avoiding rewriting the script?

 

The TOC is now so different I don't think there is any option but to rewrite the script. There are two formats for the TOC now which adds to the issue.

 

https://www.grainge.org/pages/authoring/rh_tour/rh2020/toc_index_glossary/toc.htm

 

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Sep 22, 2020 Sep 22, 2020

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@Peter - your example links on that page in the "Online and Book TOCs - Why the Change?" section don't seem to go anywhere.
@Mark - I think you'll have to mess around manually with the new TOC format and then show the developers what the XML looks like for them to change their script.

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Sep 22, 2020 Sep 22, 2020

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The link is working for me. Maybe you have some blocks?

 

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Ok both, thank you for your help. I thought that this would probably be the answer.

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