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Creating Group Links (ALinks)

In online Help targets, a group link (ALink) displays a list of available topics associated with a named group, which is private to the Help project and not visible to the reader.

For example, if you were describing the benefits of the FlexBag ActiveX Object in your document, you might write, “The FlexBag ActiveX Object has additional properties which make it possible to manipulate keys more easily.” If you created the group link additional properties, a user would be able to click additional properties in the Help file, and a dialog box would appear, allowing the user to choose any of the topics that have been associated with additional properties, as shown below.

Note:  Since additional properties is a group, there is NOT a visible section in your document or Help file called additional properties.

To create a group link, select the link text and apply the C1HGroupLink character style. Use the Group Link D2HML dialog box to specify the group that is associated with the topics to which you want to link. If you are not using the dialog box, add a secondary part to the hot spot, setting its group property to the group associated with the topics. See Creating a Hot Spot and Doc-To-Help Markup Language (D2HML) for more information on applying D2HML styles and using D2HML.

Note:  Group links have no effect in printed manual targets.


Modifying the Topics Found Display