Authoring - Understanding page styles

A page style controls all the aspects of a page’s appearance and behavior in the web browser. If you want a folder or a topic to have a particular appearance, you can create a new page style. When you apply the page style to a folder or a topic, all of the stored formatting choices in the style are applied in one step. The page style can be applied manually or automatically when you create new folders or topics.

The page style is not stored in the folder or the topic. This means that when you change an appearance characteristic in a page style, it is automatically applied to all the folders and topics that are marked with that page style. Using page styles thus ensures that all the folders and topics of a specific class have a consistent appearance.

HelpServer’s documentation structure is based on two main objects: folders and topics. Almost any folder or topic can be shown individually in the web browser. Hence, HelpServer uses two kinds of page styles:


Folder-page styles.


Topic-page styles.


In addition to folder and topic pages, HelpServer also uses some miscellaneous pages (forms).

The following sections describe the components of a page style in detail.


 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
 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
 Page styles
 Understanding page styles
 The folder-page style
 The topic-page style
 How a topic-page style is related to a folder-page style
 Putting it all together
 Generic page styles in schemes
 Specific page styles
 Editor style sets
 Customizing the logon page.
 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