In addition to any type of regular content (e.g., text, images) and page numbers, you can also insert custom date/time variables into master pages. This allows you to display the date and time on each page of your output. These variables update as if they are part of the topic, so you do not need to add a variable to each individual topic in your output.
- From the Content Explorer, open the master page.
- Place your cursor in the master page where you want to insert a custom date/time variable. If you insert it above the Topic Body proxy, the date and time are shown in the header (above the topic content). If you insert it below the Topic Body proxy, the date and time are shown in the footer (below the topic content).
Do one of the following, depending on the part of the user interface you are using:
Ribbon Select the Insert ribbon. In the Single-Source section select Variable.
- Local Toolbar Click .
- Keyboard Shortcut On your keyboard press CTRL+SHIFT+V.
The Variables dialog opens, with the variable set(s) on the left and the variables associated with the selected set on the right.
- On the left side of the dialog, select the variable set that you created.
On the right side of the dialog, select the custom/date time variable that you want to insert. When you insert a custom date/time variable into a master page, Flare will insert the appropriate date and time (based on your variable's update settings) into the topic as if it were part of the topic itself.
Let's say you want each topic in your online output to display the time the file was saved so your users know exactly when your Help topics were updated. You create a custom date/time variable that updates each time a file is saved.
Then add it to the footer area of the master page.
When you build your online output, each topic shows the date and time that it was last saved at the bottom of the output.
- Click OK. The custom date/time variable is added to the master page.
- Click to save your work.
Note: Custom date/time variables are not supported in page layouts.