Adding Custom HTML Content in WebHelp Classic Output

You can add custom HTML content in the WebHelp Classic output by inserting it in a well-formed XML file that will be referenced in the transformation scenario. This content may include references to additional JavaScript, CSS, and other types of resources, or such resources can be inserted inline within the HTML content that is inserted in the XML file.

To include custom HTML content in the WebHelp Classic output files, follow these steps:
  1. Insert the HTML content in a well-formed XML file. There are several things to consider in regards to this XML file:
    1. Well-Formedness - If the file is not a Well-formed XML document (or fragments are not well-formed), the transformation will fail.

      A common use case is if you want to include several script or link elements. In this case, the XML fragment has multiple root elements and to make it well-formed, you can wrap it in an html element. This element tag will be filtered out and only its children will be copied to the output documents. Similarly, you can wrap your content in head, body, html/head, or html/body elements.

    2. Referencing Resources in the XML File - You can include references to local resources (such as JavaScript or CSS files) by using the predefined ${oxygen-webhelp-output-dir} macro to specify their paths relative to the output directory:
      <html>
        <script type="text/javascript" src="${oxygen-webhelp-output-dir}/js/test.js"/>
        <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" 
              href="${oxygen-webhelp-output-dir}/css/test.css" />
      </html>
      To copy the referenced resources to the output directory, follow the procedure in: Copying Additional Resources to WebHelp Output Directory.
    3. Inline JavaScript or CSS Content - If you want to include inline JavaScript or CSS content in the XML file, it is important to place this content inside an XML comment, as in the following examples:

      JavaScript:

      <script type="text/javascript">
        <!--
          /* Include JavaScript code here. */
       
          function myFunction() {
            return true;
          }
        -->
      </script> 

      CSS:

      <style>
        <!-- 
          /* Include CSS style rules here. */
      
          *{
            color:red
          } 
        -->
      </style>
  2. Edit the WebHelp Classic transformation scenario.
  3. Go to the Parameters tab.
  4. Edit the value of the webhelp.head.script parameter and set it to the URL of the XML file created in step 1. Your additional content will be included at the end of the head element of your output document.
    Note: If you want to include the content in the body element, use the webhelp.body.script parameter instead.
  5. Click OK to save the changes to the transformation scenario.