In the authoring window of your project, do one of the following, click the Quick Generate icon in the upper-right corner of the standard toolbar.
Generate Content Only output
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Learn how to generate Content Only output in RoboHelp to make your output smarter, more versatile, and more powerful.
What is Content Only output
Content Only output generates all the data in raw form in Extensible Markup Language (XML) format. It helps in re-purposing the content as per your needs. Topics are generated in XHTML format, TOC, browse sequence, Glossary, Index, and map files are generated in simple XML format, which is easy to parse and transform in any other form as needed.
Configure Content Only output preset
The first step in generating the output of a RoboHelp project is to create an output preset and then configure the various settings of the output preset. You can use the following settings to configure a Content Only output preset:
Use the following options to specify basic output settings, such as Title, Target, Output Path, Encoding, and more:
Title Specify the title for the generated output.
You can use variables in the title. To do so, type Ctrl+1 and select a variable from the drop-down list, and then press Enter. Note that if you have provided a variable set in the Content tab > Variable Set field, during output generation, the value of the selected variable is picked from the variable set.
Output Path Specify a location for the output. To select a location, click .
Ensure that the output path is NOT located inside the project folder. If the output path is inside the project folder, the output generation fails. Also the folder you select should NOT have any content that you need. RoboHelp deletes the contents of the folder before generating the output.
Save output path as relative to project: If enabled and you browse to the output path., the path to the output will now be a relative instead of absolute.
Encoding Use the drop-down list to specify the type of character encoding format to be used for your content.
Post Generation Script To run your custom script after output generation, select the script .js file from the drop-down list.
Use the following options to specify content-related output settings, such as the settings for Table of Contents, condition expression, variable set, and including expanding and drop-down text.
Table Of Contents Use the drop-down list to select a Table of Contents to be included in the output. This drop-down list displays the Tables of Contents available in your project. The first Table of Contents in this drop-down list is selected by default.
The set of files and their references present in the selected Table of Contents appear in the generated output.
Condition Expression Use the drop-down list to specify the condition expression for your output. This setting allows you to easily include or exclude content depending on the desired type of output or user base. Click to edit the selected condition expression. You can also select None in the drop-down list to not specify any condition expression.
Variable Set Use the drop-down list to specify the variable set to use in this output. In the drop-down list, you can select <Default Variable Set> to use the project's default variable set. Variable sets allow you to implement output-specific use of variables. For example, you can have different variable sets for generating output for customers and internal users.
Include Expanding Text Select this option to include Expanding Text in your Content Only output; otherwise, only the Expanding Title goes into the output. However, the Expanding Text will be shown in the expanded form in the output.
Include Drop-down Text Select this option to include Drop-down Text in your Content Only output; otherwise, only the Drop-down Title goes into the output. However, the Drop-down text will be displayed in the output.
Use the following options to configure the appearance of your output.
Template Select the template from the drop-down menu for the output.
Mark the checkbox Exclude all the topic CSS files to eliminate the topic CSS files.
After you've configured an output preset, you can access it in the Quick Generate dialog box of the authoring window or in the Output Presets panel of the publishing window.
Start Page Specify the page name and extension (.xml ) that RoboHelp can use to generate the URL for the output. For example, specify default.xml.
Glossary Use the drop-down list to select the glossary to be included in the output. The glossary helps your users to quickly retrieve the relevant terms in your project, with the corresponding definitions.
Include Browse Sequence Select this setting to create an alphabetical list of all the topics for online output. The browse sequence can help the users to "browse" through topics in a particular order.
Include Index Select this setting to include the index page in the output.
Include Map Files Select this option to include Map Files in your XML output. The .map files are used for defining the topics of a publication, specifying the topic sequence, and controlling linking between topics.
You can publish your output to FTP, SFTP, or File System. To be able to publish your output, first configure a publish profile for the appropriate server type. For more information, see Configure a publish profile for FTP, SFTP, or File System.
After you save the publish profile, RoboHelp displays the profile in the Publish tab. To publish your output, select the appropriate publish profiles and click .
By default, only modified files are published using the chosen publish profiles since the last publish.
To publish all files, select Republish All and click . To view the publish log, in the Output Presets panel, against the appropriate output preset, choose > View Publish Log.
Generate Content Only output
Select Content Only output preset in the Quick Generate dialog box.
To configure the settings, do one of the following:
- Click the Edit Settings icon in the Quick Generate dialog box.
- Click the Output tab at the left side of the Standard toolbar.
The Output view opens.
In the Output toolbar, click Output Presets. In the Output Presets panel, do one of the following:
- Double-click the desired Content Only output preset.
- Click the icon next to the desired output preset and select Edit.
To save your settings, click the Save icon in the upper-left corner of the standard toolbar in the Output view.
Click the Generate Preset icon in the Output Presets panel.
You can then view a progress bar next to the selected output preset in the Output Presets panel. Once the output generation is complete, a Success dialog box is visible in the lower-right corner of the screen.
After the output generation is complete, click in the Output Presets panel to view the output.Note:
Alternatively, you can generate the output in the authoring window. Click Quick Generate on the toolbar, select the desired output preset, and click Generate.
You can then view a progress bar in the Quick Generate dialog box. After the output generation is complete, click next to the output preset to view the output. In case the output generation failed, click next to the selected output preset to view the error log.