Although hyperlinks are widely used, they have one drawback – jumping the user from topic A to topic B breaks the continuity of the information in the starting topic. This can be a problem if the user is reading a series of steps that describe how to perform some task, only to follow a link and lose the continuity of the steps. Popups and dropdowns keep users in the main topic and fetch the target information in a window that pops open or a section of the screen that stretches down. Learn the difference between popups and dropdowns and see how to easily and quickly create them.
- [Instructor] In the previous module,…we looked at creating hyperlinks.…Hyperlinks are very common, but they have one drawback,…which is that they take the user…out of the topic they're reading.…This can be difficult…because it breaks the user's train of thought…when they jump from topic A to topic B,…read topic B, and then have to go back to topic A.…So what's nice is to have a different type of link…that can bring the information to the user…but keeps the user in the topic they were reading.…And there are two.…They're called popups and dropdowns.…
So here's a popup.…I just have a topic with some text in it,…and somewhere in the middle of that topic is a popup link.…And when the user clicks on the popup link,…they get a little window that pops open…that shows the target.…Very handy, very convenient.…The drawback is that you don't control…where the popup window appears.…Microsoft Windows itself does.…But they're very easy to create.…And let's go ahead and create one.…So I'm going to go into RoboHelp.…
So you notice that I have a topic here…
- Creating and opening projects
- Managing topics
- Importing content from HTML, Word, or FrameMaker
- Inserting images
- Creating TOCs, glossaries, and links
- Formatting with CSS
- Creating a single source of content (single sourcing)
- Understanding outputs
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