By default, HelpNDoc assigns a question mark icon to a new topic. There are two ways you can assign a new icon:
Option 1 Select the topic to which you’d like to assign a new icon.
Click Topic properties in the Home ribbon tab. Then, select Topic icon. This displays a wide variety of icons. Click the one you’d like to use. Option 2 Right-click the topic to which you’d like to assign a new icon.
HelpNDoc offers four kinds of topics:
Normal contains text and images that you develop Empty is used as a chapter heading. No text or images are shown when you publish your documentation Show external URL provides users a link to the URL you enter Include external file allows you to incorporate content that’s currently located in a file outside your HelpNDoc project By default, a new topic is assigned ‘Normal kind.
By default, HelpNDoc assigns the topic name as the topic header. There are three ways to update the topic header:
Option 1 Select the topic for which you’d like to update the header.
Click Topic properties in the Home ribbon tab to display that menu. Select Topic header.
By default, the topic header is the topic name. To update it, enter the header that you’d like to use in the box labeled, “Custom text”.
By default, HelpNDoc displays copyright information in footers. There are three ways to update the footer:
Option 1 Select the topic for which you’d like to update the footer.
Click Topic properties in the Home ribbon tab to display that menu. Select Topic footer.
By default, the topic footer contains copyright information. To update it, enter the footer that you’d like to use in the box labeled, “Custom text”. Then, click Display custom text.
When you create a new topic, HelpNDoc assigns two identifiers:
Help ID is an alphanumeric code that uniquely identifies a specific topic in various documentation formats Help Context is a numeric index that uniquely identifies a specific CHM topic using the Windows API Both of these identifiers are mandatory for each topic; neither may contain a space.
Note: By default, the Help ID is automatically updated when the topic caption is changed.
Technical writers can use a special robots.txt file or define robots meta tags in their HTML documentation to specify how popular search engines, such as Google or Bing, should index and serve individual pages in search results. In this article, we will see how we can update the default HTML template provided by the HelpNDoc help authoring tool to generate a robots.txt file, specify a project-wide default value for the robots meta tag, and override its content on specific documentation pages.
Did you wish you could create custom URL aliases for your help topics or access a specific topic using its help context number on your HTML documentation ? Download the brand new HelpNDoc version 6.2 which can do just that! This new update also contains image map editor enhancements, various additions as well as bugs and security fixes. Read on to learn more and download your free version of HelpNDoc now.
Tired of manually updating the properties of newly created topics in your documentation projects ? Download the brand new HelpNDoc version 6.1 to be able to define the default properties to apply to new topics once and for all (such as icon, status, visibility…), thus eliminating a tedious and error-prone task and create better organized help files and manuals. This major update can also optionally load “HTML code” library items from the hard drive and export the whole content of a folder in your library.
The 6th major version of HelpNDoc is now available to everyone and we are excited to share what’s new with this incredible update of the popular help authoring tool. But first of all, download your copy right now as HelpNDoc 6 is still completely free and fully functional for personal use and evaluation purposes. This major update includes tons of enhancements and new features such as the ability to define custom properties and status for topics, an enhanced find and replace dialog where you can locate library items or using regular expressions, a new find panel for all lists where you can filter elements, better documentation generation and import, and much much more.