DITA Bookmaps or regular DITA maps?

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

simpler documents, or to group topics for reference from a book map or from another DITA map.

Some neat features of DITA Bookmaps

  • Divide your publication using chapters or parts
    • Parts can group chapters
    • Chapters can group topics
    • You can nest regular DITA maps in DITA bookmaps
  • You can specify an initial title or booktitle (booktitle has more options than the title property in a regular ditamap)
  • You can store book metadata (such as publisher, author, and copyright details)
  • Define front matter (specify cover pages, notices, safety information, Table of Contents, and other preliminary information)
  • Define back matter (such as appendices, glossary, and back cover page)
    • An appendices section (similar to a part or a chapter) can be used to organize and group multiple appendices

When to use DITA Bookmaps

Use DITA bookmaps when you need to support front and back matter, or support division into chapters or parts. Use regular DITA maps for grouping a cluster of topics.

When not to use DITA Bookmaps

Don’t use DITA Bookmaps to group a cluster of related topics that will be nested in a parent map.

Your next steps

Learn more about DITA bookmaps. Or, get help right now from the DITA gurus at Method M.