Authoring - Adding a new project

We plunge in with a new project, similar to the pre-installed 'Animal information - Demo' project of the trial installation.

Adding a new project

To add a new project you put your mouse pointer on the ‘Content’ object in the tree (you do not have to select it), popup the menu and select the ‘New > Project’ item. On the window that opens you enter the project name.

Adding the project name and description

The project name is used to access all the content objects in a project over the Internet.

If you specify a project name, consider the following guidelines.

The name must be unique within the entire HelpServer system.


Keep the name meaningful but avoid using long names.


If the name consists of multiple words, use a '_'  (underscore) or a '-' (hyphen) instead of blanks.


The project name cannot contain '.' (dot).


Translation is not applicable.


A message box can popup as a reminder.

Project name guideline

Enter for example 'ANIMALS' as project name. (see also Renaming projects).

You also need to enter a description for example ‘Animal information’. The description is the title of the content object. This is what people actually see. It can be changed and translated afterwards.

Click ‘OK’ and the new project folder is added under ‘Content’.

New project added

Each project is equipped with a 'Project gallery' folder to hold all media files used in the content objects. We will explore the project gallery later.


 About HelpServer
 Starting up and logging on
 The basic working principles
 Introducing the Workbench
 Adding a new project
 Creating the content structure with folders
 Adding the content in topics
 Previewing the result
 Changing the object description
 Adding new objects at a specific position in the folder
 Rearranging objects in a folder
 References to content objects
 Using the work modes
 The properties of a content object
 The properties of a reference to a content object
 Copying, cutting, and pasting
 The object status
 Searching for changed content
 Recovering unsaved changes
 Enabling and disabling a reference in a folder
 Auto selecting a topic in a folder
 Controlling the levels in the folder structure
 Grouping topics in a folder
 Your profile and Workbench preferences
 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
 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