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DITA Best Practices: A Roadmap for Writing, Editing, and Architecting in DITA by Jenifer Schlotfeldt, Michelle Carey, Laura Bellamy

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Chapter 2. Task Topics

Task topics are the true worker bees of technical information. They’re what distinguish technical writing that is designed for products, technologies, and services from mystery novels or essays on nature.

The DITA task topic provides a wonderfully useful structure to help you create effective procedural information. Task topics include many unique XML elements that you won’t see in concept or reference topics. These elements provide the structure for content such as prerequisites, steps, examples, and other items that you typically create for procedures.

Task topics often need supporting concept and reference topics, but users typically run straight to the task topics and read conceptual and reference material only when ...

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