WebHelp output can be viewed on the web or using a desktop application. This output type works with any browser and platform and provides several customization capabilities.
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 WebHelp output preset:
Title Specify the title for the generated output. The title appears on the browser tab of the output.
Favicon Specify an icon to associate with the output. This icon appears on the browser tab of the output. Click to browse and select a desired icon.
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.
Start Page Specify the page name and extension (.htm or .html) that RoboHelp can use to generate the URL for the output. For example, specify index.html.
Language Use the drop-down list to specify a language for the output preset if the language of the UI of the generated output needs to be different from the language of the content specified in project settings.
Encoding Use the drop-down list to specify the type of character encoding format to be used for your content.
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.
Browse Sequence Use the drop-down list to view the defined browse sequences in your project. You can select more than one browse sequence. The selected browse sequences are then merged for the output. If there is a conflict with the selected browse sequences, the first selection is given preference.
Default Topic Click to select the topic that displays in the Topic panel when you open the output. By default, the first topic in the Table of Contents selected for this output is the default topic.
Include Index Select this setting to include the index in the output.
Glossary Use the drop-down list to select the glossary to be included in the output. The glossary helps your users to easily access relevant terms in your project, with the corresponding definitions.
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 userbase. Click to edit the selected condition expression. You can also select None in the drop-down list to not specify a condition expression.
Dynamic Content Filter Use the drop-down list to select a dynamic content filter so your end users can filter content in the generated output. Click to edit the selected Dynamic Content Filter. Alternatively, select None in the drop-down list to not specify a dynamic content filter.
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.
Master Page Use the drop-down list to select the master page for the output you are generating.
Skin Use the drop-down list to select a skin to apply in your output.
Create thumbnail for images Select this setting to convert images to thumbnails in the output. These images can be enlarged when the user clicks them.
Use topic description as search context Select this setting to display the topic description with the title in search topic results. In Set a Character limit, enter the maximum number of characters to be displayed in the topic description. To set a topic description, right-click a topic in the Contents panel and select Properties. In the Topic Properties dialog box, enter the description in Description and click Apply.
Show definitions from glossary Select this option to display definitions of search terms from the glossary selected for this output. If the search term matches a glossary term, the definition of the term is displayed.
Generate XML sitemap Select this setting to generate a sitemap for your published output. The sitemap.xml file in the published output contains the sitemap. You can then submit this file to your search engine to improve search results for your site. To submit the sitmap.xml file, follow the procedure described in your search engine’s documentation. In Base URL of the hosted content, enter the relative URL of the site. In Frequency of content change, specify a cadence for indexing the content.
Select file types to exclude from search You can exclude specific types of files, such as PDF, Word, and Excel, from search. The content from the selected files will not be included during search.
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.
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 at the bottom-right corner of the screen.
After the output generation is complete, click in the Output Presets panel to view the output.
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.