Authoring - Overview

Notifications inform users, administrators and authors about the occurrence of an event such as a change in content, a feedback item added to a topic or a reply added to a feedback item. This will enable or force people to perform the correct actions and make decisions.

When users read HelpServer content in the web browser they are able to ‘subscribe’ to the notification system to receive a message when some event regarding the content has occurred.

Users, authors and administrators have an inbox to hold messages from the notification system. These messages suggest what the user should do when an event has occurred, for example, read the content, re-export it or read the feedback.

The notification system also sends a normal e-mail to instruct the users to check their HelpServer inbox.

Notification can be triggered in the following situations:


When content is published.


When content is changed.


When the author of the content is changed.


When feedback is added to content.


When a reply is added to a feedback item.


The notification source

HelpServer’s notification system is based on a notification source. A notification source defines the context or the scope in which the events on a content object occur. Any folder or topic can have its own notification source. A better approach however would be to indicate the notification source on a higher level in your content hierarchy to represents a collection of related content objects. This can be a book with its chapters, subchapters and topics, or an entire documentation project or a help project, a customer folder and its dependencies, a product folder and its dependencies, etc.


 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
 Enabling the notification
 The inbox
 Maintaining notification subscriptions
 Notification for specific parts in a project
 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