Re: Arguments for NOT using topics as parents to other topics in DITA-maps

Subject: Re: Arguments for NOT using topics as parents to other topics in DITA-maps
From: Yves Barbion <yves -dot- barbion -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Martin Jonasson <martinjonassonjobbet -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:16:55 +0200

Hi Martin

I asked this question in the Yahoo dita-users group. This was the
discussion we had, back in 2007:

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/dita-users/message/8423


Meanwhile, many DITA projects later, I can say that we never use topichead
anymore because there are very good reasons to have a first-level title,
some content and then some second-level titles. We use title-only topics
because we usually include a short description <shortdesc> in the
first-level topics, which you cannot do when you use topichead. Another
good use case for using parent and child topicrefs is when you have a
first-level title, some content, and then some second-level titles which
you all want to appear on the same page in the HTML-based output. In this
case, you can use the @chunk="to-content" attribute.

Cheers


--
Yves Barbion
www.scripto.nu


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Arguments for NOT using topics as parents to other topics in DITA-maps: From: Martin Jonasson

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