Why DITA maps?
Maps allow scalable reuse of content across multiple contexts.
They can be used by information architects, writers, and publishers to plan,
develop, and deliver content.
Among the specific uses that maps support:
- Defining an information architecture
- The map can be used to define what topics are required for a particular
audience and user goals, even before the topics themselves exist.
- Providing an authoring interface
- The map can be used as a starting point for authoring new topics and integrating
- Defining what topics to build for a particular output
- Maps point to topics that are included in output processing. Authors or
publishers can use maps to specify a set of topics to transform
at the same time, instead of transforming each topic individually.
- Defining online navigation
- Maps can define the online navigation or table of contents for the topics
it points to.
- Defining what topics to print
- Maps can define a hierarchy that will determine how topics will be combined
and nested for printing.
- Defining related links
- Maps define relationships among the topics they reference; on output,
these relationships can be expressed as related links among the topics in
OASIS DITA Architectural Specification v1.0 -- 09 May 2005
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