Authoring - Importing HelpServer objects

This type of import is to exchange content between multiple HelpServer installations. First you extract the HelpServer objects from one installation and then you use this as the import source. To demonstrate this we continue with the example used in the topic exporting HelpServer objects In that topic the objects of the 'Animal information' project were exported. Here we will import these object into another HelpServer installation.

Importing a HelpServer dataset

An important remark though: when you export HelpServer objects then the resulting file contains the location (the path) of the objects to be imported. When importing these objects you can't choose the Workbench tree node or path yourself. If necessary, the entire location paths are automatically created in your Workbench. For example, suppose some author has exported only a specific topic from a new book and that the book has not yet been added to your Workbench. When you import that topic, the book’s object and subsequent chapter and subchapter objects are automatically created under the appropriate folder in your Workbench to hold the imported topic.

So, you can popup the menu on any object in the tree and select ‘Import>HelpServer objects’.

Selecting the file

First the ‘File chooser’ window opens to select the '.HelpServer' file.

Adding the file

The 'Import' window opens and the selected file is shown in the list. You could also use the 'Remove' button to remove files from the list and the 'Add file(S)' button to add other files to the list.

If you click on the 'Start' button the import begins. You can follow the progress in the bottom list. Should the exported content contain files, then these files remain in a subdirectory with the same name as your import file. The ‘Load files’ window will open to load all the included files

Loading files

The import is correctly executed

The next image illustrates the result in the Workbench. The entire project is completely transferred.

HelpServer objects transferred from another Workbench


 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
 Exporting HelpServer objects
 Importing HelpServer objects
 Transferring classes
 Hints and tips
 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