Authoring - Creating a multilevel index

Levels in an index enable users to find topics with less effort which is useful for indices with a larger scope. Assume for example that in the 'Animal information' index you want to group all bird related index objects under ‘Birds’ and all fishes related index objects under ‘Fishes’. If you have performed the example in using index objects in topics you will have to change the previously inserted index objects in the following way.

Opening the index object properties

Double click on an index object in the text to open the ‘Index object properties’ window or popup the menu and select 'Index object properties'.

Adding a level to an index object

In the entry field, add ‘Birds:’, the colon is used to indicate sub items.

Do this for the other index objects in the Birds book. Also, to finish this example,mark some index objects in the 'Fishes' book and use the 'Fishes' subitem.

When done, preview the 'Project: Animals' information and request the index.

A multilevel index

Index objects that are grouped in a subitem constitute a second level. However, you should choose the sub levels with care and consider the main access point of your content. The example here looks nice for the 'Animal information' folder but if people access for example the the 'Birds' book and then request the index all the 'Bird' index objects will still occur under their 'Birds' subitem and in that case the sublevels are in fact meaningless.


 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
 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
 Using index objects in topics
 Enabling the index in a folder
 Enabling the index in the class
 Creating a multilevel index
 Maintaining the index
 Using hidden index objects
 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