Overview of Document Publishing
Based on the settings specified by the author template you are using, the following document types may be available to publish:
- ASAP BPP (Business Process Procedure) - Mimics the BPP documents that come with an Accelerated SAP (ASAP) implementation.
- ASAP BPP Cue Card (HTML and XML formats only) - Mimics the ASAP BPP documents and provides a dynamic, multi-layer format designed specifically for context-sensitive help.
- Configuration Information - Lists information such as configuration menu path, key field changes, and date of configuration change.
- Cue Card (HTML and XML formats only) - Provides a dynamic, multi-layer document designed specifically for context-sensitive help, includes screenflows.
- Exercise/Data Sheet - Includes data for a given procedure, and tasks and questions for end users to complete.
- Procedure Table - Allows work instruction published output to be customized by compressing screen shots and offering a portable view. The options to compress images allows for Word and PDF outputs to be smaller in file size.
- Quick Reference (Flow) - Includes overview information and a screenflow.
- Quick Reference (Step) - Includes overview information and end user steps without screen images or field definitions.
- Test Document - Includes scenarios and results used in system testing.
- Test Script - Publishes an XML file and creates an "Images" folder containing images that correspond to each step in a document created with the application. A Microsoft Excel add-in allows you to upload this publication type to HP Quality Center version 9.2 or higher as a manual test script.
- Work Instruction - Includes overview information, end user procedures with steps, field description tables, screen shots, and screenflows.
Your available document publishing settings and output types is mandated by your template. Refer to Specifying New Template Settings: Publications for more information.
Overview of Simulation Publishing
Simulations are published as interactive tutorials. Based on the settings specified by the template you are using, the following simulation playback modes may be available to publish:
- Auto Playback: Replays the task; no user intervention is required.
- Standard: Guides the user through the task with step-by-step instructions.
- Self Test: Allows the user to attempt the task and provides guidance when an error is made.
- Assessment: Allows results to be captured and integrated into custom or third-party tracking applications.
Interactive tutorials are output as HTML files. HTML output is viewable through standard web browsers.
The tutorials are accessible through a main lesson homepage. The homepage display can be modified via your template. For detailed information on creating and maintaining templates to define your simulation publishing options, refer to Using Author Templates.
Overview of Course Publishing
Courses are published as self-paced content in HTML format, which provides optimal output performance by streaming audio after the content is buffered. Courses are interactive and can be played back using a supported web browser.
In addition, you can publish courses to PDF, print, and Word for distribution to your end users.
You can check a course into the Server for use on the end user website. You can also check the course into a Learning Management System (LMS) from the Server. For more information on establishing an LMS connection, refer to Creating and Maintaining an LMS Connection within the Server in the companion manual Managing Content.
Overview of Student Guide Publishing
Student guides are published to Microsoft Word format. You must ensure that all application source files exist in the same directory as the student guide. In addition, your source files must use the same template as the student guide to which they are inserted.
After publishing a student guide, you must open the guide in Microsoft Word and update the table of contents as per Word's table of contents update functionality.
Overview of Course Package Publishing
A course package can automatically publish your course or simulation as an AICC- or SCORM-conformant package ready for upload to your AICC or SCORM LMS. A course package (.ucp) can be published to a .zip file to allow you to combine multiple content created by the application into a single master SCORM Package. You can check a course package into the Server for content management. You can also check the course into a Learning Management System (LMS) from the Server. For more information on establishing an LMS connection, refer to Creating and Maintaining an LMS Connection within the Server in the companion manual Managing Content.
Overview of Guided Help Publishing
Guided Help is published HTML content designed to be used during task execution. Users can start guided help playback for on-the-job support.
Overview of Video Publishing
Videos can be published to reduce launch large simulations, to be more portable, use less files, and load faster with MP4 format. Based on the settings specified by the template you are using, the following options are available:
- Videos can be scaled down, but not up if you set settings when recording and then publish to different settings.
- Video output will not include step window, like simulation output.
- Windows Media Video (WMV) must be downloaded separately to publish videos.
- Resizing will occur for any images that are larger than the video size.
- If Windows Media Player overlaps video upon playback, you can autohide playback controls.
Previewing a Simulation
You can preview simulations prior to publishing output locally or by checking the content into the Server.
- Select Preview Simulation window. to display the
- Click on one of the listed tutorial modes to launch the simulation.
Hyperlinks and hotspots inserted into the simulation will not be active until the simulation is published.
For detailed instructions on interacting with a simulation during playback, refer to Viewing Simulations.
Previewing a Course
You can preview individual course pages prior to publishing. Only one page can be viewed at a time.
- In the Course pane, click on the desired page to preview.
Hyperlinks, hotspots, and simulations inserted into the course will not be active until the course is published.
- Select the Preview tab.