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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 6. DITA Maps and Navigation

DITA maps are the glue that binds your topics together, the driver for producing your output, and the information path for your users to follow. Well-structured DITA maps are vital to the usability of online and print documentation because they are the basis for navigating and linking content.

A well-structured DITA map can help users to quickly find the information that they need, provide a task flow that supports the use of your product, and can even provide a few shortcuts for writers. A DITA map is an XML file that you use to organize your DITA topics. Use DITA maps to:

Include topics in an information set: Add topics to a DITA map to specify which topics are included in the output.

Define information ...

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