We are trying to transform the current XML of our manuals to the DITA structure. I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask some help for our transformation.

In our documentation we use a so called 'spare parts list', in which each part that can be used in a machine, has a number and a description.

Our manauls for several machines contain some of the parts which are declared in the above mentioned parts list.

In our current XML of the manual, we refer to the parts, declared in the 'spare parts list'.

How can we implement this in a DITA structure?


Hi Kurt,

The use of a referenced topic which references to the parts, as you describe, is clear to me

What puzzles me, is the way we have to encode the partslist in DITA structure....

grtz Henk

Hi Henk,

Is your spare parts list in DITA or XML? If so, you can use a standard reference topic that uses a table that conref's the spare parts data into the table. If you maintain proper ID references, then your data will be update whenever your external spare parts list is updated.




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