RoboHelp change TOC name in left navigation

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Mar 22, 2019 Mar 22, 2019

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Is it possible to edit and/or delete some of the navigation items in the left navigation panel?

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Mar 22, 2019 Mar 22, 2019

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What version of RH? What layout are you using? Can you post a screenshot of what you are looking to change?

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Mar 22, 2019 Mar 22, 2019

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Yes hold on

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Mar 22, 2019 Mar 22, 2019

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I have version 11. See below. I have to edit one, and remove one

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Mar 22, 2019 Mar 22, 2019

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What layout are you using? That looks like a WebHelp skin, not an HTML5 Responsive layout.

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Mar 22, 2019 Mar 22, 2019

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We have both. One is for 508 and we also have HTML 5 Responsive

But the thing is, I'm trying to make the edits in Dreamweaver

Do you know what the file name is that RoboHelp generates for the left navigation?

The developers are worried that running a document through again will generate different link names and we just want to do minor editing instead

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 22, 2019 Mar 22, 2019

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That's just the Table of Contents you've got applied to the project output - why waste your time messing about in the output when it's so simple to just edit the TOC in the project & regenerate the output?

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Mar 22, 2019 Mar 22, 2019

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Because it's a HUGE user guide and the developers already have links in the application that point to topics in the RoboHelp guide. If file names change, then the links within the application will have to change. Do you know what the file name is for that left nav? There are so many files generated

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 22, 2019 Mar 22, 2019

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No idea - I don't bother poking around in the JS controls. Your filenames & links won't change at all if you edit what the TOC presents; editing the name shown on the TOC or removing an entry doesn't impact the actual topics at all. If my TOC says "ABC" points to topic "blah blah blah", then changing it to read "DEF" still points to the same topic. If it remove the link in the TOC, the topic is still there in your project, just that you can't get to it directly from the TOC navigation.

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Mar 22, 2019 Mar 22, 2019

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If you are changing file names, the developers are going to have to change their URLs. They are not calling them through the TOC so I am not seeing why you need to edit the TOC.

You change the file name in RoboHelp and the TOC gets changed automatically. You or the developers upload the output and as long as they correct the URL in the app, that's it.

You say The developers are worried that running a document through again will generate different link names and we just want to do minor editing instead

What do you mean by "running a document through again"? As above, changing file names does not affect what the user sees in the TOC and the changed file name from there got handled by RoboHelp. Only the URL in the app needs to be considered.

The TOC in the ouput is not a single file but I can't see a need to edit that. Please clarify.


See www.grainge.org for free RoboHelp and Authoring information.

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Mar 22, 2019 Mar 22, 2019

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Yes I'm trying to ask a simple question. Is it possible to edit the left navigation wording in the left navigation panel by just pulling that file into dreamweaver and edting  either the HTML or the JAVASCRIPT?

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Mar 22, 2019 Mar 22, 2019

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Simple questions don't always have simple answers but if you want a simple answer, I think the answer is there is no easy way.

What I was driving at was the simple answer should be you regenerate and the developers change the URLs for the file names you have changed in their code.

The index as in the Index tab in RoboHelp is also split and the index.htm is the startpage.

There is no single file to edit and the questions were really to establish why you needed to do that anyway. I've not seen any developers need that area edited in twenty odd years of using RoboHelp. Knowing that might have helped to suggest a solution but there again, it might not.

Sorry I can't give you the answer you need based on what I know.


See www.grainge.org for free RoboHelp and Authoring information.

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Mar 22, 2019 Mar 22, 2019

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I think it make be called "index" file?

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Mar 22, 2019 Mar 22, 2019

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The answer is YES do it in RH & NO don't waste your time in the output files - you could have done it & tested it already by now.

PS - if you really want to risk screwing up your output, have a look at the whtdataX.htm files in the \webhelp\whdata\ folder

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