You need to do a little planning to make it possible for your users to print topics containing toggles. Of course, this is only necessary in the formats where toggles are "active" – toggle printing is not a problem in formats like PDF and Word DOCX because the toggles are always static in these formats, so their entire contents are always printed (provided you have configured the toggles to be displayed expanded in print mode).
In all formats where dynamic toggles are supported (WebHelp, HTML Help, MS Help 2.0) the toggles are always printed exactly as they are currently displayed. Expanded toggles are printed expanded, collapsed toggles are printed collapsed.
Generally, your users will want to print out the entire contents of the topic, including the contents of all toggles.
The simplest method is to provide your user with Expand All / Collapse All links in your topic header, as explained in the topic Expand All / Collapse all in this chapter. Then they can click on Expand All before they print.
The disadvantage of this method is that you have to explain it to your users. If they miss the explanation it may take them a while to figure out what they need to do, and they may waste a lot of paper in the process.
The best solution is a Print link that automatically expands the toggles in the topic. These are created in exactly the same way as an Expand All link, you just need to add one more small snippet of code to send the topic to the printer after expanding the toggles:
1.Follow the instructions for creating Expand All links to create a new link in the location where you want to have your Print link.
2.Create the code for the link as follows:
See Expand All/Collapse All for more detailed instructions on creating Print links and buttons.
You can also use an icon instead of a text link for the Print function. If you use the Link tool in the Write tab you just need to select Picture as the style and then select an appropriate printer icon. If you add the link to your HTML template you need to enter the code manually.
Static icon in the HTML template:
Icon with a mouseover function in the HTML template:
Add your icon images to the Baggage Files section and replace the image names in the above code with the filename of your own icon.
•If you use script links enclose the links in conditional text tags to make sure that they are only included in the output formats where dynamic toggles are supported (HTML Help, WebHelp and MS Help 2.0).
•If you use links in your HTML templates enclose the link code in a pair of <IFNOT_EBOOK> </IFNOT_EBOOK> build conditions to make sure that they are excluded from eBooks. This will work for both Windows Exe and ePUB eBooks.