Authoring - The properties of a reference to a content object

A HelpServer folder does not contain content objects, it contains a reference to the content objects. A content object has properties. Besides these properties a content object's reference in a folder has some properties as well. These influence the way the content object behaves in the folder, so the reference properties are not part of the object, they are part of the folder. The usage of these properties will be explained step by step in the next chapters.

If you popup the menu on an object in the table editor on the right pane then the reference properties can be seen under the 'Properties' sub item. The security of the object determines if you are allowed to change these or not.

Showing the reference properties in the table editor

The table editor can also show all the reference properties in additional columns. To obtain this, popup the menu and select 'Properties > Show'.

Showing the reference properties

All reference properties have a blue column heading while the actual content object properties have a black column heading. Also the 'Pointer' field is a reference property. Because it is used frequently it is visualized all time.

You can also see and change a reference's properties by means of the 'Properties' menu item in the popup menu on an object in the tree as in the next image.

Changing the reference properties in the tree

The reference properties are assigned by default when adding new objects. Some of these defaults can be determined by the administrator when the blueprints of the content structure in a project are defined.


 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