Using my previous example, is this scenario possible for pdf output?
Sorry, but I don't quite understand what you are trying to achieve here. I have the impression that you started your own imagined idea about how the PDF template should work before looking at it and you are still trying to force that idea onto the way it actually does work, and that is causing confusion and misunderstanding.
You need to look at the PDF template as a separate document. Each of the sections (tabs) in the template is a page in that document, with three of them being special pages: The Table of Contents, Topics and Keyword Index. All the other sections are entirely generated by the template itself and have no direct connection to your project, except with variables or snippets that you choose to insert there.
The TOC section generates a print-style table of contents from the captions in the table of contents in your project. Only plain text comes from your project here. The formatting of each entry is defined by the six levels that you define in the template (the six bands), allowing you to have different formatting for topics on each of the six supported levels. You can also add numbering, which is created in the template and doesn't come from the project.
Your first example is normal and that is how it is done: Each topic has its own level. Your second example is not possible. You can't assign the title from another topic to a topic. Each topic has its own title.
How do I connect these sections to the project then?
Can I create and connect new sections?
If they cannot be connected, what is their purpose?
What I meant was, can you have the following scenario:
Ga Bowen wrote:You say the new sections can be used for whatever I like. Can you give an example of where adding an extra section/tab in Print Manual Designer does something?
Ga Bowen wrote:I understand all the things I can't do, I just want to know what I can do.
Tim Green wrote:Additional foreword page. A page containing your user license text -- if you insert it with a text snippet from your project you can also have a different version from every project.
[/quote]Ga Bowen wrote:Imagine you have a notebook of blank pieces of paper. You can write or draw on them in any way you like. Same thing.
So on a new section/tab I've written a poem and added a picture of a dragon. Specifically, what can I do with this content and how would I do that?
Tim Green wrote:
It would be most common in combination with the text snippets function. This allows you to create a topic file in your project that is not included directly as a topic, but is inserted in one of your template pages (either an existing one or an additional one that you create). You insert the name of the topic ID as the source for the snippet. Then if you create a topic file with the same name in every project, you can automatically insert different content in this position every time you publish a different project with the same template. Each project would insert its own version of the topic file in that location.
Text snippets also allow you to insert formatting in template pages that cannot be achieved directly in Manual Designer itself, which only has quite limited text formatting features for text objects. In a snippet you can use all the formatting available in the Help+Manual topic editor.
Tim Green wrote:The tabs are just there to help you visualize everything. Nothing happens until you add your code/snippets/variables which in turn can be manipulated to display what you want.
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