Authoring - About cloning

In most tools you use the copy/paste functions to create duplicates. If you copy and simply paste objects in the HelpServer folders you never create duplicates. Instead, the moment you paste in a folder you create a new reference to the copied object. Having this kind of paste behavior as the default fits in the HelpServer CMS concept since it encourages people to share and to reuse content as much as possible and it prevents them from duplicating content by mistake. At the end, this enhances the maintenance.

Of course, there will be cases in which you really require a copy of a content object. Then you use the 'Clone' function. It allows you to duplicate a topic, a chapter, a book, a user account, a security rule, etc... You can even clone a complete project along with the included files, the snippets, and the object names.

However, you cannot clone inactive instances of a content object. Cloning is only applicable for work instances and active instances (See the object status).


 About HelpServer
 Starting up and logging on
 The basic working principles
 Using the content in help and documentation systems
 Formatting the content
 Searching and replacing text
 Reusing content with shares
 Navigating with hyperlinks
 Navigating with pointerpaths
 Using bookmarks and jumps
 Duplicating content with clones
 About cloning
 Cloning folders and topics
 Cloning projects
 How shares and hyperlinks are treated in a clone
 Indicating candidate shares
 Using tables
 Including media files
 Navigating to web pages
 Using embedded chunks
 Including html code
 Navigating with menus
 Using snippets
 Spelling checking
 Using the view mode
 Creating an index
 Creating a FAQ
 Creating a glossary
 Team authoring
 Working with projects
 Setting up structured authoring
 Generating file based output
 Creating printed output
 Importing files and folders
 Loading files in the project gallery
 Converting legacy content
 Including legacy content in real time
 Transferring objects between installations
 Customizing the look and feel
 User accounts
 Working with templates
 Working with metadata
 Workflow management
 Using event exits
 Appendix A: The URL parameters
 Appendix B: The object indicators
 Appendix C: Play Javascript