Topic creation will account for most of the work that you’ll do in a Flare project. Learn basic topic tasks – creating a topic, adding content, spell-checking that content, adding a bulleted list, and quickly previewing the result.
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- [Voiceover] In this video, you'll learn how to create new Topics from scratch, and how to add and manipulate Content within a Topic. So, the first thing I'll do is create a new Topic from scratch. So, I'll click on the folder in which I want this Topic to appear, there's only one, it's the Content folder, and then I'll click this icon, Create a New Topic File, on the Content Explorer toolbar. Click it, we get the Add File dialog box, and at the top there's a field labeled, File type.
And it's preset to Topic, that's the default, because that's the most commonly created Type. So, now what I'll do is, what File Name do I want to assign to it in the File Name field. And I'll type, spaniels. I'll type it in lowercase, because in some companies, file names should be in lowercase. Talk to your engineers. For the 1st Heading, though, I want this to be in normal English, because the 1st Heading is the first thing that the users see in the Topic is its Title, which you can see in the Preview area at the top right, right here.
So you want normal English. So I'll type Spaniels, but with a capital S, and click Add. Here's the Topic. So let me add some Content to this. I'll highlight and get rid of this prompt text. And I'll type the three different breed Types. So they are, let's see, Brittany, Cocker, and Springer. Then, I'll add a little text about the breed. You'll notice I also have a spelling error. Apparently, the word, Cocker has the wavy red underline.
Let me just add another spelling error. Spaniels are wonerful pets. Flare will flag spelling errors for two reasons. One is that it really is a misspelling, like wonerful. The other is that the term may be accurate, but not in the spelling dictionary, like Cocker. We'll fix these. So, to spell check, what you do is, you simply right-click on the underlined word, and you'll get this popup containing what Flare's spelling dictionary thinks you might have meant, and, or you can say, Ignore All, down at the bottom, or you could say, Add to the Project Dictionary, or better still, say Add to Global Dictionary, which would allow multiple projects to use the same spelling dictionary.
So, it turns out that the correct term is, Cocker, so that's right, so I'll click. Wonerful is obviously misspelled, I'll right-click. And, here's wonderful, we're good. Oop, actually, we would up with an extra space in there by accident, so I'll just delete that. Now, what I wanna do is quickly show you a few more features, including a very useful one, a Character Insertion feature. This would be for characters like, say, the copyright symbol, which are always something of a pain to insert, what you can do here, is up on the toolbar, top toolbar, I'm gonna click the pulldown for the Character icon, and this gives me a list of pre-defined Characters that I could insert with one click, like, say, copyright.
Very easy to do. Also, lists, you notice we have the three breed types here and we're thinking this should be a bulleted list for easier comprehension. So, what I'll do is, select those three items, I'll click up on the menu on Home, and in the Paragraph group, just to the left of center, there's an icon here, a Bulleted List icon, there's no numbered list icon, but if you click the pulldown, Flare combines both list types in one icon, so I decide I want this to be a standard bulleted list, I'll click Bullet List, here it is.
I'll do a Save All. It's always a good idea to do this frequently. You can either click the Save All icon up on the upper toolbar in the upper left, or you could press Control + Shift + s, or you could click File, Save, and then select whatever Save option you want. I'll just do a Save All. And let's Preview this. So, I'm going to click the Preview icon, right here. It's going to open up a Preview window, and here it is.
So, it doesn't look very attractive yet. That's because we really haven't done much to it. But you can see how the Topic would look at any time without taking the time to build the output. So, let me close the Preview. The last thing I'll mention is you notice the tab shows the Topics Title, spaniels.htm. Notice what happens, say if I add a line. You notice how it's added an asterisk. The asterisk means you've made a change to this Topic, but have not saved it yet.
Do a Save or a Save All, the asterisk goes away. So, in this video, you learned how to create new Topics from scratch and how to add and manipulate Content in a Topic.
- Creating content using topics
- Adding and managing topics
- Importing files
- Inserting graphics
- Creating a table of contents, glossary, and cross-references
- Adding hyperlinks
- Formatting documents with stylesheets
- Creating master pages
- Single sourcing content
- Using variables and snippets
- Generating output