Authoring - The applicability of the view mode

In the previous examples we have used the view mode function on a book but you can also apply it separately to one or more chapters or even to individual topics. Always keep in mind that the active view mode will never show you a work instance of an object. The latest view mode on the other hand could show you a mixture of active instances and work instances. And sometimes this behavior can surprise you.

Consider the following example where the 'Topic: About the eagle' shows activated content in the latest view mode.

An active topic shown in the latest view mode

The topic contains an image from the project gallery. Assume you have changed (reloaded) that image directly in the project gallery without publishing it. Then you would see the topic in the following way.

An active topic in latest view mode showing the work instance of an image

Here you see a mixture of active content and work content in a topic. To have a view on the complete active content you could switch the entire book or containing chapter to the active view mode and then drill down to the topic. However, you can also popup the menu of the topic and select 'View mode>Active' and then you see the complete active content of the topic as shown in the next image.

An active topic shown in the active view mode

The moment a folder or a topic has an active instance it is possible to switch it to the active view mode. The ability to switch the view mode of individual topics can come in very handy during your editing work.

The view mode is applicable to almost any object in the Workbench except for the objects that are not meant for the user community such as 'Workflow management', 'Lexicons' and 'Pending check outs'. The 'Project gallery' and its dependent folders however, are an exception to this rule because these folders hold objects (snippets, files, etc) that are meant for the user community. So, the view mode is also applicable to the project gallery folders.

The next image shows the image objects of the project gallery in the active view mode.

Image objects of the project gallery in the active view mode


 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
 About the view mode
 Using the view mode
 The applicability of the view mode
 Restoring active object instances
 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