exporting to web help

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    Sabrina Wingfield

    I would like to export from Confluence to web help, also. Currently, we export to Word, then generate web help through WebWorks Publisher. I would prefer not to have to have the intermediate step of going through Word. We have tried using the Scroll HTML Exporter to export our content, then using DoctoHelp to generate web help, but that was unsuccessful.

    I know I could use Confluence as my help and link directly to pages in Confluence, but this is not practical for us.

    Are there any suggestions or best practices for generating web help from Confluence?

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    Robert Lauriston

    I'm using Scroll DocBook Exporter and DocBook+WebHelp. Here are my notes (I'm on a Mac so probably some differences using Windows):

    instructions:
    http://docbook.sourceforge.net/release/xsl/1.76.1/webhelp/docs/content/ch02s01.html

    settings:
    /opt/local/share/xsl/docbook-xsl/webhelp/build-properties (see attached)

    note re "No more DTM IDs are available" error:
    http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fhabrahabr.ru%2Fcompany%2Falawar%2Fblog%2F193726%2F
    - long story shore: change classpath="${xercesImpl.jar}" to classpath="${xslt-processor-classpath}"

    to build:
    in Confluence, Tools > Export to DocBook
    save .zip
    extract .zip file and rename folder to docbook_export - Users/robert/docbook_export/docbook.xml must exist
    cd /opt/local/share/xsl/docbook-xsl/webhelp/
    ant webhelp




    build.properties
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    Nils Bier

    Hi Sabrina,

    we are currently working an a template for the Scroll HTML Exporter with a search functionality included.

    Besides we've started to develop a Scroll CHM Exporter to export CHM files from Confluence. Currently the CHM Exporter is only available as Beta-Version and only works if your Confluence runs on a windows server.

    If this is not a problem for you, we could provide you with this beta version, altough I'd recommend to use the Scroll HTML Exporter with the updated template.

    Hope that information helps.

    Cheers,
    Nils

     

     

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    Sabrina Wingfield

    Yes, we would love to try the beta CHM Exporter ,  as well as the Scroll HTML Exporter with the search functionality. We are currently running Confluence 4.3, but plan to upgrade to the latest 5.x within a few months. Will the CHM and Scroll HTML Exporter (with the new search feature) run on both versions?\

    Thanks,

    Sabrina

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    Robert Lauriston

    Note that CHM works only on Windows.

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    Sabrina Wingfield

    Nils,

    Can we test the Scroll HTML Exporter with the new template that has search functionality? We would like to do so as soon as possible.

    Thanks,

    Sabrina

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    Nils Bier

    Hi Sabrina,

    we are currently finalizing the template and are planning to finish it within this week.

    I'll contact you as soon as we've completely finished the work on the template (hopefully at the beginning of next week).

    Cheers,
    Nils

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    Sabrina Wingfield

    Great news!

    Thanks,

    Sabrina

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    Nils Bier

    Hi Sabrina,

    I just wanted to let you know that the finalization of the template is not yet finished. I'll let you know as soon as we are ready.

    Sorry for the delay.

    Cheers,
    Nils

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    Sabrina Wingfield

    Thanks for the update!

    Sabrina

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    Rakefet Zur

    Hi,

    Was the template finalized? We are also looking for something that will give us capabilities similar to WebHelp.

    Rakefet

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    Nils Bier

    Hi Rakefet,

    are you interested in the CHM export solution, or the new Scroll HTML Exporter template with search functionality? Both projects are not yet released and publicly available. Nevertheless I could send you a beta version of the current HTML template (if you are using Java 1.7, which is a requirement to use the template).

    If you are interested in the CHM Exporter, we'll contact you directly with further details.

    Just let me know which solution you prefer and I'll be happy to help.

    Cheers,Nils

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