How does the positioning on the authoring canvas correspond to what the end user will see?

The location of objects in the authoring canvas determines how they will show up to your end user, your reader. The content flows from top to bottom and left to right. Your readers are always going to see customizations in the beginning of their guides, but where they are in the authoring canvas matters. The best way to learn this is to play around in the authoring canvas and see what it looks like to the reader. You can use the preview function. Let’s take a look at a couple examples.

In this example, there is one customization with three possible answers. If the user selects “Yes,” they’ll be shown a topic with four pages in it. The order that the user sees the content in is the topic title followed by the vertical ordering of the pages.

In this next example, there is a customization for which answering “Yes” leads to more customizations and ultimately content. If the user answers “Yes”, they’re asked which which platform they’re running on. Depending on that answer, they’re shown the content for that operating system. The next content they will see depends on the answer to which database they’re connecting. The next content they will see depends on how they plan on securing the server. Eventually, they will get through the customizations and content that all roll up to the parent of this branch, “Have you completed the prerequisite for configuring the server.” At this point, the flow will jump to the content below that customization.

Last updated on May 30, 2018