A browse sequence is like an alternative table of contents (TOC) for online output. For example, if you have several topics that you think end users should read in order, you can create a browse sequence. Another way to use a browse sequence is to create an alphabetical list of all of the topics. So readers can use your regular TOC for a structured method of navigation (with folders and subfolders), or they can use the browse sequence for a more flattened, alphabetical way to find topics.
Let's say you want to provide your new users with a very small version of your TOC and call it "Getting Started." So you create a browse sequence with only those topics, listed in a specific order designed to walk beginners through the basics of your documentation.
Not only can you create a browse sequence like this, but you also might want to use the Skin Editor to adjust some settings, such as making it the default tab when the output is opened.
Following are the tasks necessary for creating a browse sequence and making it accessible to end users:
- Add/Open Browse Sequence Add a new browse sequence to your Flare project, or open an existing one from the Project Organizer to work on it. See Adding a Browse Sequence File or Opening a Browse Sequence.
- Create Browse Sequence In Flare, you create a browse sequence in much the same way that you create a table of contents—by adding books and links to topics in a structure that you think would be useful for the individual. You can do this manually or automatically. See Creating a Browse Sequence.
- Edit Browse Sequence Entries After you create a browse sequence, you can edit the individual entries in many ways. This includes linking entries to other files, setting titles automatically, and applying condition tags. See Editing Browse Sequences.
Enable Browse Sequence After creating the browse sequence, you need to enable it in the skin you want to use for the target. See Enabling Browse Sequences in Skins.
Note: In most cases, browse sequences are generated via a skin. This method is supported in HTML5 Tripane output, but not in HTML5 Side Navigation, Top Navigation, or skinless output. However, another way to use a browse sequence is by associating it with a menu proxy (see Creating a Topic Menu). With this method, browse sequences are supported in all HTML5 output formats.
- Associate Skin with Target Now that the browse sequence is enabled in the skin, you need to associate that skin with the target you are building. See Associating Skins with Targets.
- (Optional) Associate Master Browse Sequence with Target If you have multiple browse sequences that you want to include in the same output target, the browse sequence that you associate with the target serves as the "master" browse sequence. In your master browse sequence, you can create links to the other browse sequences that you want to include in the output (see Linking Browse Sequence Entries). If you do not select a browse sequence, Flare will use the first one in the project (if there is more than one). See Associating a Browse Sequence with a Target.