The <audience> metadata element indicates, through the value of its type attribute, the intended audience for a topic. Since a topic can have multiple audiences, you can include multiple audience elements. For each audience you specify, you can identify the high-level task (job) they are trying to accomplish and the level of experience (experiencelevel) expected.
|Name||Description||Data Type||Default Value||Required?|
|type||Indicates the kind of person for whom the content of the topic is
intended. Allowable values are:
||(user | purchaser | administrator | programmer | executive | services | other)||#IMPLIED||No|
|othertype||Indicates an alternate audience type, when the type is not available in the type attribute value list. This value is used as the user-provided audience when the type attribute value is set to "other."||CDATA||#IMPLIED||No|
|job||Indicates the high-level task the audience for the topic is trying to accomplish. Different audiences may read the same topic in terms of different high-level tasks; for example, an administrator may read the topic while administering, while a programmer may read the same topic while customizing. Allowable values are: installing, customizing, administering, programming, using, maintaining, troubleshooting, evaluating, planning, migrating, other.||installing | customizing | administering | programming | using | maintaining | troubleshooting | evaluating | planning | migrating | other||#IMPLIED||No|
|otherjob||If the job attribute value is "other" the value of this attribute is used to identify a kind of job other than the default ones provided by the job attribute.||CDATA||#IMPLIED||No|
|experiencelevel||Indicates the level of experience the audience is assumed to possess.
Different audiences may have different experience levels with respect to the
same topic; for example, a topic may require general knowledge from a programmer,
but expert knowledge from a user. Allowable values are:
||(novice | general | expert)||#IMPLIED||No|
|name||Used to associate the audience element with values used in the audience attribute||CDATA||#REQUIRED||Yes|
|%select-atts; (platform, product, audience, otherprops, importance, rev, status)||A set of related attributes, described at %select-atts;||parameter entity||PE not applicable||Not applicable|
|%global-atts; (xtrf, xtrc)||A set of related attributes, described at %global-atts;||parameter entity||PE not applicable||Not applicable|
|class||A common attribute described in Other common DITA attributes|
For a command reference topic for experienced programmers, the following might be an appropriate indication of that audience:
<audience type="programmer" job="programming" experiencelevel="expert"/>
OASIS DITA Language Specification v1.0 -- 09 May 2005
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