Variables are small chunks of text-only content that may be used in multiple places in a project and that may change. Consider a pre-release product name that you type hundreds of times in the product documentation only to have to change it to the official release name. Instead, you might create a variable called ProductName, set its value to the pre-release name, and insert it where needed. When it’s time to switch to the release name, you simply change it in the variable file and the change happens everywhere in the project. Learn how to create, insert, and maintain these variables.
- [Narrator] You may often find yourself working…with material that may change,…such as a product name that changes…from a pre-release code name to the final release name.…For example, here's a slide with some text…and the word 'longhorn', which happens to be…the pre-release code name for a new piece of software…and then marketing calls you up and says,…"We changed the name to 'vista'."…So the normal practice would be…to do a search and replace for longhorn…and replace it with vista,…but this can be tedious and it's also subject to error…if you misspelled longhorn someplace.…
So instead you can use what are called variables.…And a variable is a placeholder for content.…So instead of typing the product name, for example,…you might create a variable called productname_variable.…You would replace the product name with the variable.…Users would not see the variable…but instead they would see the variable value.…So if you said that…the productname_variable value was longhorn,…then in the text users would see…what appears to be the word longhorn…
- 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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