Authoring - Adding the content in topics

The actual content is always contained in topic objects, which can hold text, tables, images, media files, index words, hyperlinks, etc. A topic on its turn is like any other object in HelpServer contained in a folder. You can add topics immediately in the book and/or you can add topics in the chapter (or sub chapter) folders. Here, let's add a topic in the 'Introduction' chapter we have created previously.

Adding a topic

Popup the menu of ‘Introduction’ and select the item ‘New > Topic’.

The 'Add new' window

Enter for example, ‘About birds’ as description and click ‘OK’ to add it to the ‘Introduction’ chapter.

Adding content in a topic

Select the newly added ‘Topic: About birds’ by clicking on it in the tree on the left. Another pane will open on the right. This is HelpServer’s text editor. Enter some text and edit it as you would with an ordinary text processor. Besides text you can insert objects such as






Media files


Web resources






Now, we suggest that you perform the following small exercises. You will get the hang of adding content in HelpServer's Workbench and you will need the result to continue with the next examples in this documentation. For your convenience we have provided some text that you can copy here and paste in the HelpServer editor but you can add any text you like.

Exercise 1: Finish the 'Book: Birds' by adding some additional chapters and topics.


'Chapter: The eagle' with 'Topic: About the eagle' and with the following text


The eagle is a common name for a number of birds of prey, some of which are the largest members of their family which also includes kites, hawks, buzzards, and certain vultures.


'Chapter: The falcon' with 'Topic: About the falcon' and with the text


The falcon is one of the worlds fastest animals. They are characterized by their long wings, their method of hunting, which is to rise above and swoop down on their prey.


'Chapter: The condor' with 'Topic: About the condor' and with the text


The condor is the largest flying animal. Condors are among the rarest birds in the world. Below is a picture of a condor.

Exercise 2: Add a new book called 'Fishes' and add the following chapters and topics.


'Chapter: Introduction' with 'Topic: About fishes' and with the text


Fishes, diverse group of animals that live and breathe in water. All fishes are vertebrates animals with backbones with gills for breathing. Most fishes have fins for swimming, scales for protection, and a streamlined body for moving easily through the water.


'Chapter: The shark' with 'Topic: About the shark' with the following text


The shark is a fast-swimming, generally large fish know for its main sharp teeth, distinctive dorsal fin, and the skill in locating underwater prey.


'Chapter: The salmon' with 'Topic: About the salmon' with the text.


The salmon has on elongate body covered with small, rounded scales and a fleshy fin between the dorsal fin and tail.


'Chapter: The trout' with 'Topic: About the trout' with the text


The trout belongs to the salmon family. Some, called sea trout, are anadromous - that is, they ascend the rivers from the sea to breed.

If you complete these exercises then the Workbench will look like this.

Work in the project is finished

Now you can preview the result.


 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