Example: Link modification or removal

Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) Version 1.3 Part 2: Technical Content Edition

version
1.3
author
OASIS DITA Technical Committee

This scenario outlines how different authors can effectively remove or modify a link element in a shared topic.

A company wants to use a shared topic for information about customer support. For most products, the shared topic should include a link to a topic about extended warranties. But a small number of products do not offer extended warranties.

  1. Team one creates the shared topic: customer-support.dita. The topic contains the following mark-up:

     <related-links>
      <link keyref="extended-warranties" href="common/extended-warranties.dita"/>
     </related-links>
  2. The teams that need the link to the topic about extended warranties can reference the customer-support.dita topic in their DITA maps. When processed, the related link in the topic resolves to the common/extended-warranties.dita topic.

  3. The teams that do not want the related link to the topic about extended warranties can include a key definition in their DITA map that does not include an href attribute, for example:

    <map>
      <!-- ... -->
      <keydef keys="extended-warranties"/>
      <!-- ... -->
    </map>

    When processed, the related link in the topic is not rendered.

  4. Yet another team wants to simply have a paragraph about extended warranties printed. They define the key definition for "extended-warranties" as follows:

    <map>
      <!-- ... -->
      <keydef keys="extended-warranties"/>
        <topicmeta>
          <linktext>This product does not offer extended warranties.</linktext>
        </topicmeta>
      <!-- ... -->
    </map>

    When this team renders their content, there is no hyperlink in the output, just the text "This product does not offer extended warranties" statement.