Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding breadcrumbs to a master page, part of RoboHelp 9 HTML Essential Training.
Continuing our work with Master pages, something else we can add to a Master page that will help our users navigate our Help system, is Breadcrumbs. Now Breadcrumbs are basically those links you see across the top of your screen, for example, that display links right from within the topics. So the links display the user's position within the Help system as it relates to the Table of Contents and they can use those links to move around and navigate the various topics. Let's see what they look like by adding them to our Master page. The first thing we need to do is access the Master page and from the Projects Setup pod, there it is LDC Master page that we've been working with.
Let's double-click it to open it up over here in our Document Pane. We've already use the Footer area, the placeholder text for the body we're just leaving as is, but there is some white space above that where we might want to insert our Breadcrumbs. So that's exactly what we're going to do, we're going to go up to Insert, we're going to go down to Placeholder this time, way down at the bottom, and you'll notice Breadcrumbs there. Select that and we see the Breadcrumbs options open up. So the Home Page name is by default named Home, and if we click the dropdown there are some other choices there; maybe Top is more suitable.
The Separator itself you can see defaults to that Greater Than sign. There are different options for separators. These are between the individual Breadcrumbs. If you wanted to you could add to that, maybe a space on either side, for example, just so as you look down at the Preview they're not too crowded in together. So from the top you can see it goes to the next topic and so on. It will keep track of where users go in our Help system. We can even change some of the formatting, for example, the background color we could change right now you can see just the white background, but we can click this little color icon and change the background to something else.
I'm going to leave it as white; I'm not too worried about that. The Style from the topic can actually be used in the Breadcrumbs as well if you want some consistency. So let's click that check box and you can see how it changes our preview. By default, it's going to appear on the right-hand side of our page; it's right-aligned, I like that. So let's click OK, and you can see there is Breadcrumbs placeholder up here across the top just above our body. We need to save our changes now. So we will save up our LDC Master page. And to really see what this looks like and how it works, we should regenerate and preview this by going to our WebHelp Single Source Layout and double-clicking.
Next we'll click Save and Generate, we'll let it recompile and when we see the View Result button we'll give it a click to see how this works in our default browser. So if you're seeing the message about blocked content just click it and allow that blocked content. And now what you're going to see in the top right-hand corner are the Breadcrumbs. So as we go through our various topics, for example, clicking around, you can see how it's showing us where we are in relation to the other topics and our Table of Contents. So we're browsing by software in this case.
We can go up to Browsing, and you can see this is showing us Navigation. We can go right to the top. That's our Welcome page, and the Breadcrumbs just give us another option, an enhanced navigational aid to help our users get around our help system.
- Touring the interface and workspaces
- Creating a project and importing content
- Auto-creating a TOC
- Merging help projects
- Generating FlashHelp output
- Controlling page layout with tables and DHTML
- Creating indexes, search terms, and glossary terms
- Building forms with buttons and check boxes
- Controlling output with conditional text
- Creating skins and master pages
- Reviewing projects and managing comments and changes
- Applying ActiveX controls
- Generating printed documents
Skill Level Beginner
Q: When I insert the ActiveX Calendar control and try to hide the title by setting the ShowTitle property to false, the title is not removed and remains visible. Why is this happening?
A: There are many ActiveX controls available and many versions of a control may exist. Different versions of a control can behave differently. Certain properties may work in one version of a control and not in another. ActiveX controls can be installed on your computer by different programs other than RoboHelp, such as Microsoft Excel and Access. In this title, version 11.0 of the Calendar control is used. If you are using a different version of the Calendar control, the ShowTitle property may not work properly. Go to www.microsoft.com to learn more about ActiveX controls and their properties.
1. Getting to Know RoboHelp
2. Creating WebHelp Projects
3. Merging Projects
4. Formatting Topics
5. Creating FlashHelp Projects
6. Using Graphics and Multimedia
7. Using Tags, Variables, and Snippets
Using multiple TOCs2m 56s
8. Working with Tables and DHTML
9. Working with Indexes and Searches
10. Using Forms and Frames
11. Using Skins and Master Pages
12. Reviewing Projects and Collaborating
13. Using ActiveX Controls
14. Generating Printed Documents
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