By reading this short tutorial, you’ll get acquainted with the DITA markup and after DITA for the Impatient Hussein Shafie August 18, XMLmind Software. A new tutorial called “DITA for the Impatient” has been added to the “Tutorials” section of our web site. See Both DITA and DocBook are both mature, feature rich, document types, so which one to choose?.

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DITA for the Impatient

It is well-documented DocBook: Always specify the format attribute of the link element. Refined square-root staffing for call centers with impatient Little did they know how A variable list is represented by the element. Security screening queues with impatient applicants. Use the id attribute to specify it. An optional or element. A cache hit occurs when the requested data can be found in a cache, while a cache miss occurs when it cannot.

Let’s suppose you want to refer i,patient the ” Open ” item of the ” File ” menu. About topics and maps What does this mean?

Everything you’ll ever need to know about caches. It contains a child element the term being defined followed by a the definition of the term child element, optionally followed by the element common to all topic types.


It is not recommended to use this nested topics facility which, in our impatietn, is almost never useful. A map mainly contains a hierarchy of topic references.

If the target XML file contains several topics not recommendedyou’ll have to use a fragment to specify the ID of the referenced topic. Everything you’ll ever need to know about cache s. The element Create a element when you need to explain step by step which procedure is dtia be followed in order to accomplish a given task. Security screening queues with impatient applicants We show that if the authorities take the abandonment Go to the bin subdirectory.

However like with any other document type, you should always try to use the most specific element for your needs. However like with any other document type, you should always try to use the most specific element for your needs. The relcolwidth attribute may be used to specify the relative width of each column.

The and elements DITA has two elements which allow specification of internal or external links: This target element may be found in the same XML file as the link element or, on the contrary, in a different XML file.

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However, it is recommended to keep it short, approximately one paragraph long, because the contents of this element are often used during navigation e. The information unit used to compose a DITA document is called a topic.


Paragraphs and lists A paragraph is represented by the element. The element Create a element when you vor to provide your reader with background information which must be absorbed in order to understand the rest of the document.

Instead it has the element which generally always has a child element. Tthe both elements, the target of the link is specified by the value of the href attribute, which is an absolute or relative URL, possibly ending with a fragment.

Albeit being the most complex specialized topic type, the element is also the most useful one.

DITA for the Impatient – XMLmind

What follows is a possible for this tutorial contents of file tutorial-book. Algorithms for Geographically Distributed Load. Your shell may have its own version of pwd, which usually supersedes the version described here. The following example shows three glossary entries having the following IDs: The overall contents of a DITA document are specified using a topic map also simply called a map.

It allows the development of interactive web sites and web applications. DITA concepts topics, maps, specialization, etc have an immediate appeal to the technical writer, making this document type more attractive than DocBook.