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Bottom line: When you need to present information that will be table-like when read, your default preference should be for definition lists.
We know that you are comfortable using tables. And you love merging cells and doing all the cool stuff that oXygen Author and XMetaL Author can help you do with DITA tables. Get past it. Consider using definition lists wherever possible. Read more
The benefit of <choices> or <choicetables> is that the markup is semantic! When you use <choices> or <choicetables>, the machine (and the writer!) understands explicitly what you are talking about. Read more
Embedding multiple topics inside one topic file (polygamous topics) is not good practice. We call these topics, “polygamous topics”. If, in real life, polygamy tends to be a really bad idea, the same is true for DITA topics.
The golden rule for DITA topics is Read more
How you organize a bookmap will affect how easy or difficult it will be for you to maintain and update your content. Should you nest a DITA map under the <chapter> element in a bookmap, or should you nest topics directly under the <chapter> element? Read more
When you have a collection of DITA topics to nest, or individual DITA topics to next, you have a lot of choices. Often, too many choices. In a ditamap, you can nest DITA topics under a topic, <topichead> or <topicgroup>. In a bookmap, you can nest DITA topics or a ditamap under the <part> or <chapter> element. Read more
Referring to DITA maps from a bookmap or from another DITA map provides a great way for grouping topics. You can refer to the DITA map in the bookmap, or in a parent ditamap, whenever you want to include the collection of topics in the bookmap.
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Bookmaps enable users to organize their DITA information into front matter, parts, chapters, and back matter. Typically, publications are created from a bookmap while DITA maps are used for Read more
This is a break from our posts about markup, but if you’re going to do DITA, you should also be able to figure out what it’s costing your company.
DITA enables reuse on many levels. This post discusses some tactics for reusing topics. Read more
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