Conditional alt in Word or PDF output to image hot spots?

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Conditional alt in Word or PDF output to image hot spots?

Unread postby Dave Gehman » Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:23 pm

Since image hot spots don't work in Word output... is there a way to make text links (corresponding to the hot spots) appear only in Word output?

Our primary deployment for a project around some software will be via WebHelp, but we're also trying to set the stage for printed output.

One key graphic is a labelled screen shot of the software's user interface -- a screen shot with hot-spotted terms overlayed on it.

The UI is graphical, with five sections, and the rectangles containing the overlayed terms for each section is a hot spot link that sends the user to pages that describe that particular area. The hot spot notion is greatly beloved by our president and founder, and by definition, I therefore love it :roll: .

Of course, this works well in HTML output...

But, is there a way to make conditional output of a text-based, bulleted list of the same links appear below the UI / label graphic only in printed output?

Conceptually that conditional is something like this: "IF the output of this project is printed Word output THEN print bulleted list ELSE don't show it."
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Re: Conditional alt in Word or PDF output to image hot spots

Unread postby Tim Green » Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:27 am

Just have two versions enclosed in conditional tags. All the images with hotspots and other Word-specific stuff in an IF DOCX ... END clause and the other stuff e.g. in IF HTML ... END. If that gets too messy then just two versions of the corresponding topics; one for Word and one for HTML etc.
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Re: Conditional alt in Word or PDF output to image hot spots

Unread postby Dave Gehman » Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:54 pm

Noticing your "IF DOCX" -

The DOCX option isn't among the checkboxes with the IF pop-up - "PRINT" is there, as is "PDF."

Does PRINT = DOCX?
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Re: Conditional alt in Word or PDF output to image hot spots

Unread postby Tim Green » Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:47 pm

Dave Gehman wrote:Does PRINT = DOCX?

Definitely not -- that's for print manual. There seems to be an error there, I'm on it. :?
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Re: Conditional alt in Word or PDF output to image hot spots

Unread postby Tim Green » Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:48 am

Update: I hadn't looked at this for a while and it turns out that this is actually a slightly misleading word in the build options. The Print option is equivalent to DOCX. I'm looking into getting this changed, because at least in English it's too easy to misunderstand. :?
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Re: Conditional alt in Word or PDF output to image hot spots

Unread postby Tonea Morrow » Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:34 pm

Hmm, did not know this. Please be aware that I use the Print option as my PDF for Black and White printouts. I set the format to PDF, but in settings, I set that to Print Manual so it chooses the Quick Help page that was designed for printouts.

Not sure I want that called something else. It works great as it is.

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Re: Conditional alt in Word or PDF output to image hot spots

Unread postby Tonea Morrow » Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:40 pm

Sorry for back-to-back messages, but I remembered upon sending that you can make custom build names. Right click the topic, select include in builds, then choose edit custom builds. There you can add a build that says DOCX. Haven't tried it with an If/Then statement, but it should work. If nothing else, the DOCX now appears on the settings list. When you choose to publish as Word, select the DOCX version for that page. I can clarify if you need it.

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