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We're still using RoboHelp HTML 9 and have several combined/merged projects (I'll ref F and D).

I use Windows 10 and Chrome or IE11 to view chm files.

I've successfully linked from D REF project to an A.chm topic within a REF topic Page using Remote Topic. The remote page opens in the default frame, which is fine in most cases (I don't see a way to open in separate doc window, which I'd like to do in some cases but we can live with that; don't want to to WebHelp route).

My manager wants me to create numerous TOC entries (links) in D project REF project to open a D project COG topic (in frame). It's not working as expected.

I created a TOC entry and the Properties link shows as: COG.chm::/DWSCommonAssignCommander.htm

I've copied the COG.chm to the REF folder (actually forced to copy file over during Remote Topic creation); I also copied same chm to top level that contains all the project folders.

I generate REF project, do my merge procedure (helpmerger.txt has order of projects) to merge all projects into one D.chm, organize TOC, change Primary Layout to to Microsoft HTML Help etc, but the resulting TOC link works oddly.

1. When I open merged chm and click on TOC "topic" it doesn't work at all or

2. if may open the chm in another 2nd window and show topic briefly then display 'Can't reach this page'. If I click on the TOC in 2nd window, it refreshes topic in 1st window? or

3. it may say 'Can't reach this page' in main frame

This seems like a simple thing to do and I can't get it resolved.

Another option would be to create separate pages in TOC with a "redirect" to the Remote topic, if that's even possible.

Let me know if I'm explaining myself well enough. I can provide more details, if needed.

I'd appreciate any assistance you can offer me. I'm more of a "super user", not very high-tech on the interworkings of RoboHelp.

Thanks in advance! Denise

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Correct answer by Peter Grainge | Adobe Community Professional

I have tried to work offline with Denise but hit some issues.

It would appear that the merge is not created in the usual way by inserting a child project placeholder in the parent project TOC. Denise confirmed that there are no such placeholders in her project. As far as I can make out, the helpmerger.exe referred to above creates the merge. I have googled that file and could not find anything so I am guessing it's a home brewed method of merging. It works for Denise except she could not create a link in the TOC of one project to a topic in another project.

I believe she was seeking a File option in the various ways that links can be created from a TOC, that being how she has creats cross project links in topics.

The answer is that in the TOC, a link to a topic in another project should be created using the Remote Link option in the dropdown. I believe that should also be used for cross project links but if File works in this setup, it doesn't matter. For the TOC though, it does matter.


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RoboHelp HTML 9 TOC link to Remote Topic

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We're still using RoboHelp HTML 9 and have several combined/merged projects (I'll ref F and D).

I use Windows 10 and Chrome or IE11 to view chm files.

I've successfully linked from D REF project to an A.chm topic within a REF topic Page using Remote Topic. The remote page opens in the default frame, which is fine in most cases (I don't see a way to open in separate doc window, which I'd like to do in some cases but we can live with that; don't want to to WebHelp route).

My manager wants me to create numerous TOC entries (links) in D project REF project to open a D project COG topic (in frame). It's not working as expected.

I created a TOC entry and the Properties link shows as: COG.chm::/DWSCommonAssignCommander.htm

I've copied the COG.chm to the REF folder (actually forced to copy file over during Remote Topic creation); I also copied same chm to top level that contains all the project folders.

I generate REF project, do my merge procedure (helpmerger.txt has order of projects) to merge all projects into one D.chm, organize TOC, change Primary Layout to to Microsoft HTML Help etc, but the resulting TOC link works oddly.

1. When I open merged chm and click on TOC "topic" it doesn't work at all or

2. if may open the chm in another 2nd window and show topic briefly then display 'Can't reach this page'. If I click on the TOC in 2nd window, it refreshes topic in 1st window? or

3. it may say 'Can't reach this page' in main frame

This seems like a simple thing to do and I can't get it resolved.

Another option would be to create separate pages in TOC with a "redirect" to the Remote topic, if that's even possible.

Let me know if I'm explaining myself well enough. I can provide more details, if needed.

I'd appreciate any assistance you can offer me. I'm more of a "super user", not very high-tech on the interworkings of RoboHelp.

Thanks in advance! Denise

Adobe Community Professional
Correct answer by Peter Grainge | Adobe Community Professional

I have tried to work offline with Denise but hit some issues.

It would appear that the merge is not created in the usual way by inserting a child project placeholder in the parent project TOC. Denise confirmed that there are no such placeholders in her project. As far as I can make out, the helpmerger.exe referred to above creates the merge. I have googled that file and could not find anything so I am guessing it's a home brewed method of merging. It works for Denise except she could not create a link in the TOC of one project to a topic in another project.

I believe she was seeking a File option in the various ways that links can be created from a TOC, that being how she has creats cross project links in topics.

The answer is that in the TOC, a link to a topic in another project should be created using the Remote Link option in the dropdown. I believe that should also be used for cross project links but if File works in this setup, it doesn't matter. For the TOC though, it does matter.


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  • The link below shows that RoboHelp 9 is not compatible with Windows 10.
  • CHMs are not viewed in any browser, they open in their own viewer.
  • CHMs have not worked since 2004 if installed on a network drive.
  • WebHelp opens in a browser but I would not expect WebHelp created in RoboHelp 9 to work. Back then browsers were making regular changes that broke WebHelp. Since then more standards and have been applied but you need a later version for those.

It's rather like you are putting diesel fuel into a petrol (gas) car except there are more things against you here.

I don't know what you mean by helpmerger.txt.

There must be more to the setup than you have explained and some of what you have said cannot be right. Tell us more and maybe we can get somewhere.


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The link I omitted is Versions of Windows and MS Word compatible with RoboHelp


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I've been using RoboHelp 9 with Windows 10 for over a year now so it works.

I'm trying to create TOC entries to link to topics in another RH project. They are both in the same merged/combined xpj and chm that's delivered with our software to customers. I can make a File or Remote Topic link from within a Page to the other project, but I'm unable to make it work from a TOC. I can do it but the final merged chm link doesn't work.

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Is there some other way to do a "redirect" making actual pages? I don't see how though.

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Don't worry about the helpmerger.txt. It's just our order of projects that are merged together to create a final chm in our software; here's the contents:

BookGS

OVS

WNS

SAS

USR

REF

COG

ENV

EQU

MSG

MISN

I drag the file on top of a helpmerger.exe file and it combines all the projects. Then I open that main xpj, move certain project/books to the right so they're tucked under others.... OVS is Overview, WNS is What's New...

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I'll see if I can find anything tomorrow but first please confirm that this is a merge of CHMs only. If it is, how are you managing to view them in IE11.

On the Windows 10 bit, perhaps my wording should have been along the lines that RoboHelp 9 is not supported on that platform. Thus if things go bang, don't be surprised.

Also please confirm where the help is run from, is it installed locally?


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Sorry for the confusion over browsers etc. It is a merge of CHMs only. The only time I use the browser is to view an htm file offline.

If RoboHelp 9 cannot do what we need, can the latest version do so?

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CHMs haven't changed since 2004 so I doubt the RoboHelp version will make

any difference.

The objective here is TOC entry that opens a topic that is in another child

project, correct?

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