Using the Outline Editor, you can link a new module under any existing module or section document; however, you cannot link a module under a topic document. Linking a module creates a new document that is stored in the Library, as well as a new link between the module and its parent document.
A module/section has the following default properties that you can change:
Name: A descriptive name for the document.
Location: The folder location in the Library where this document is stored. The default folder that appears depends on where you are when you create the new document, as follows:
If you create a new document from the Library, the default folder is the folder that is selected in the Library when you create the new document.
If you link a new document from the Outline Editor, the default location is the same as the location of the parent document to which you are linking the new document.
Language: The Language option allows you to choose the default dictionary that is used to check the spelling of a document's content. Dictionaries for English (UK & US), German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese (Brazil), Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Italian are provided.
Template: The Template option allows you to select another folder of template files. The template sets included with the Developer are the Standard and Microsoft templates. The Microsoft template conforms to the standards as stated in the Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications. In addition to these templates, other template sets may be available to you. Alternate template sets are most useful when you are creating content for more than one application. Please contact Technical Support for more information on this option and its implementation.
Glossary: The glossary document that is currently assigned to the document. The glossary document lists the words you have assigned as glossary terms. After you have set up the glossary terms and their definitions, the Developer can automatically create the links to the terms found in any document text.
Screen Resolution: The Screen Resolution option allows you to determine the resolution in which the topic content is recorded. If authors attempt to record in a resolution other than the one listed in the Screen Resolution list box, a message box informs them that their resolution does not match the topic setting and indicates in what resolution they should record. While content authors are not prevented from recording in a different resolution if they choose, this option does help to create greater consistency in the content.
Please note that the Developer detects the current resolution of your computer and automatically sets the screen resolution property to match when you create new documents. Once screen resolution for a topic is set and you have saved a recording; the screen resolution cannot be changed.
When you link a new module from the Outline Editor, the default properties from the parent document are automatically inherited until you change them.
A Check Out Parent Document message appears when you perform actions that impact a parent document that you do not have checked out such as linking a document, moving a document, pasting a document, deleting document links, and so on.
Any new document that you create or link is automatically checked out to you. If you want to make a new document available to multiple authors and place the document under the Developer's version control system, you must check it in.
Display the Outline Editor by opening the module or section for which you want to link a new module.
Select the parent document to which you want link the new module.
On the Link menu, choose New Module.
Type a name for the new module and continue to modify any of the default properties, if desired.
A new module is linked (and automatically saved) beneath the parent document. You can also rename the new module after it is linked and saved.
Important Note about Module and Section Documents: A module or section document will appear with a purple or blue book only when the document has at least one linked child document such as a topic or another module or section. However, a module or section document with no linked child documents will appear with a page icon such as for module and for section. When you create a new module or section, it automatically appears as a page icon until you link at least one additional child document. It then appear with a purple or blue icon.