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Creating Hot Spots With Graphics

Typically, you implement links and hot spots as text formatted with an active character style. Doc-To-Help derives a link tag from the text during compilation, this link tag links this text to the destination hot spot. Depending upon the style's link type, Doc-To-Help looks for a matching topic, index keyword, or group name. You can also override or cancel the default link tag by writing a script and associating it with the character style. Please review the section Links and Hot Spots if you are not already familiar with the text to link tag process.

You can also implement links and hot spots using graphics instead of text. As with textual links, Doc-To-Help uses active character styles to determine both the link type and the destination, and you can override or cancel the default behavior with scripts. Doc-To-Help still needs some text from which it can determine the destination and create the link tag, however. Since Microsoft Word does not provide an intrinsic way to attach an arbitrary string to a picture, Doc-To-Help provides a command that does just that.

To create a graphical hot spot:

1.   Insert the picture you want to use as the hot spot.

For specific instructions, see Inserting Graphics Files.

2.   Select the hot spot graphic then click the Add Topic Link dialog box button.

3.   In the Add Topic Link dialog box, choose the topic you wish to associate with your hot spot.

4.   From the Link Type drop-down, select the Jump or Popup option.

5.   From the Window drop-down, select the window type where you wish to display your topic and click OK.

For more information on customizing windows, see Customizing Help Windows.