Authoring - In a drop down

The invocation option 'In a drop down' lets you expand and collapse the hyperlink target in your topic.

For example, let's say you have a topic containing step-by-step procedures and it seems to be getting quite lengthy and you want to condense that portion of the topic. You do this by putting that part of the topic in a separate topic and then insert a hyperlink to that topic with the option 'In a drop down'.

Invocation option 'In a drop down'

When the topic is shown, the hyperlink target is by default hidden.

Hyperlink to a topic

When you click the hotspot, the hidden hyperlink target is displayed. When you click the hotspot again, the content becomes hidden once more. A drop down typically pushes the paragraphs after the hyperlink downwards in the topic as indicated in the next image.

Hyperlink target shown in a drop down


 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
 Creating a  hyperlink
 In the folder tree
 In a new topic pane
 In a new browser page
 In a new browser window or browser tab
 In a drop down
 In a drop down
 The manual invocation
 The automatic invocation
 The format
 The view
 The dimension
 The position
 The background and border
 The margins and paddings
 In a popup
 In an embedded block
 Inline with the paragraph
 Maintaining hypelinks
 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