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ZoomSearch in Responsive HTML5

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Apr 12, 2016

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Has anyone tried to incorporate ZoomSearch in an HTML5 responsive layout? We are trying to implement Zoom and migrate to HTML5 at the same time, but so far all the information I've found basically said "custom buttons are very difficult to add".

It's not just a button, but you have to link the search results to the result page of zoomsearch. That requires an additional SLP (layout page) that zoomsearch can use. And the search boxes have to be linked to this result page. But that means that the logic of the layout has to be updated. When you start a search, items are shown and hidden based on settings. That will have to be updated as well.

The best way to start is to look at the full JavaScript as provided by Adobe: Learn how to download and use new screen profiles and layouts in RoboHelp  You can then write an extension to hook in zoomsearch.

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ZoomSearch in Responsive HTML5

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Has anyone tried to incorporate ZoomSearch in an HTML5 responsive layout? We are trying to implement Zoom and migrate to HTML5 at the same time, but so far all the information I've found basically said "custom buttons are very difficult to add".

It's not just a button, but you have to link the search results to the result page of zoomsearch. That requires an additional SLP (layout page) that zoomsearch can use. And the search boxes have to be linked to this result page. But that means that the logic of the layout has to be updated. When you start a search, items are shown and hidden based on settings. That will have to be updated as well.

The best way to start is to look at the full JavaScript as provided by Adobe: Learn how to download and use new screen profiles and layouts in RoboHelp  You can then write an extension to hook in zoomsearch.

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Apr 20, 2016

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It's not just a button, but you have to link the search results to the result page of zoomsearch. That requires an additional SLP (layout page) that zoomsearch can use. And the search boxes have to be linked to this result page. But that means that the logic of the layout has to be updated. When you start a search, items are shown and hidden based on settings. That will have to be updated as well.

The best way to start is to look at the full JavaScript as provided by Adobe: Learn how to download and use new screen profiles and layouts in RoboHelp  You can then write an extension to hook in zoomsearch.

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Apr 20, 2016

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Thanks! I can't really say I understand everything you have explained, but at least I have a starting point

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Apr 20, 2016

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There is a tutorial for adding ZoomSearch to WebHelp on my site. I suggest you implement that first in a trial project. Once you understand how that has worked, it should be easier to get it working in responsive help.

www.grainge.org for free RoboHelp & Authoring info. Use the blue Reply button at the top to help me help you.
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Apr 20, 2016

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You will still need to find how to add a button in responsive help but the rest will be set up.


See www.grainge.org for RoboHelp and Authoring information

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Apr 20, 2016

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Hi Peter,

That's exactly what I am doing! I managed to successfully follow your tutorial in the free version of ZoomSearch and everything looks good in the test project. Now I'm just waiting for my company to purchase a Professional license and do some further testing to see if JavaScript will work for us (we have ~6000 topics and we are worried about performance).

The target is to go live with ZoomSearch in HTML5 though, and, while I have worked with WebHelp for a few years now, the Responsive layout is completely new to me. I will forward this topic to the coworker who customized our the Responsive layout and between the two of us I hope we will be able to figure it out

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Difficult to say but I suspect the javascript method would get a bit slow at that number of topics. I believe switching to PHP was pretty much as simple as changing the output and getting the server admin guys to enable PHP.


See www.grainge.org for RoboHelp and Authoring information

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We are already indexing our entire documentation site using Zoom with the ASP.NET method, so that would probably be the choice for the help-specific search as well. At the moment, I am stuck at figuring out how to add a button (in WebHelp) that calls an .aspx instead of an .htm, but I'm going to try using a .htm with a redirect to the .aspx... as soon as I have some time to play around with this.

(Sorry for going off topic and thanks for the help again!)

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