The topicmeta element in maps contains numerous elements for the declaration of metadata. In general, specifying metadata in a topicmeta element is equivalent to specifying it in the topic, while allowing that topic to be reused in other maps where the metadata does not apply. Many items in the metadata also cascade to nested topic references within the map.
For each element in the topicmeta, the following table provides three different behaviors.
|Element||How does it apply to the topic (in this context)?||Does it cascade to other topics in the map?||What is the purpose when specified at the map level?|
|audience||Add to the topic||Yes||Specify an audience for the entire map|
|author||Add to the topic||Yes||Specify an author for the entire map|
|category||Add to the topic||Yes||Specify a category for the entire map|
|copyright||Add to the topic||Yes||Specify a copyright for the entire map|
|critdates||Add to the topic||Yes||Specify critical dates for the entire map|
|data||Add to the topic||No, unless specialized for a purpose that inherits||No stated purpose, until the element is specified|
|data-about||Add the property to the specified target||No, unless specialized for a purpose that inherits||No stated purpose, until the element is specified|
|foreign||Add to the topic||No, unless specialized for a purpose that inherits||No stated purpose, until the element is specified|
|keywords||Add to the topic||No||No stated purpose|
|linktext||Not added to the topic; applies to links created based on this occurrence in the map||No||No stated purpose|
|othermeta||Add to the topic||No||Define metadata for the entire map|
|permissions||Add to the topic||Yes||Specify permissions for the entire map|
|prodinfo||Add to the topic||Yes||Specify product info for the entire map|
|publisher||Add to the topic||Yes||Specify a publisher for the map|
|resourceid||Add to the topic||No||Specify a resource ID for the map|
|searchtitle||Replace the one in the topic. If multiple searchtitles are given for one target, processors may choose to issue a warning.||No||No stated purpose|
|shortdesc||Not added to the topic; applies to links created based on this occurrence in the map||No||Provide a description of the map|
|source||Add to the topic||No||Specify a source for the map|
|unknown||Add to the topic||No, unless specialized for a purpose that cascades||No stated purpose, until the element is specified|
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