Broken Links in Webhelp?

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Broken Links in Webhelp?

Unread post by Suzette Seveny » Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:04 pm

How do most of you check for broken links in browser-based help files?

I have several large, complex webhelp projects that are not published on the web, but are installed with the software. What is the best way for me to check my links?

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Suzette Leeming

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Re: Broken Links in Webhelp?

Unread post by Tim Green » Wed Oct 21, 2015 2:12 pm

Hi Suzette,

Are you referring to links to external files or links within your project? You can check for broken links within your project with the Project Report tool in the Project tab.
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Re: Broken Links in Webhelp?

Unread post by Martin Wynne » Wed Oct 21, 2015 2:17 pm

Hi Suzette,

If you double-click on a web link in the H&M editor, the link-edit dialog will open, which has a Test button:
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Re: Broken Links in Webhelp?

Unread post by Suzette Seveny » Thu Oct 22, 2015 2:20 am

I am referring to external links I think. I have several help systems, and sometimes a topic in one will refer to a topic in another help file.

In those situations, the Test button doesn't work for me locally - I need to generate the help, have our code librarian upload it, then I can test it.

Maybe in my situation there isn't really a way to check my links locally.

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Re: Broken Links in Webhelp?

Unread post by Tim Green » Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:07 am

Hi Suzette,

There isn't any way to test links like that locally because they aren't valid until they are "live" -- and even if they did work locally there would be no guarantee that they would also work in the actual runtime envioronment. :?
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Re: Broken Links in Webhelp?

Unread post by cindynotbrady » Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:51 pm

We have a work around for that problem. All our files are built with H&M and then we use Dreamweaver to check in our files from our personal computers to a remote server. The reason we do this is because we started out with Dreamweaver and have been slowly but surely migrating over to H&M-generated documents. The cool thing about checking in all our files to Dreamweaver, however, is that we can run a report of all broken links.

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Re: Broken Links in Webhelp?

Unread post by Deepak Pujari » Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:59 am

I am also facing the same problem, Many thanks for sharing this.

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