You can provide your readers with links to elements contained in the same topic or to elements in other topics. In FrameMaker, you can create links using DITA cross-references. A DITA cross-refer­ence is based on the DITA ID attribute assigned to the element. This implies that if the position of an element in the topic changes, the link remains intact as long as the ID remains intact.

You can use direct referencing to point directly to the DITA topic (.xml file) containing the target topics or elements. Alternatively, you can use indirect referencing to point to keys defined in keys­paces. For more details, see DITA referencing.

You can create cross-references to almost any element in the DITA element catalog. You create cross-references to a DITA topic to make an entire topic reusable. You can also create a cross-reference to a keyword or ph element to link to a term or even word. The only requirement to create a cross-reference is that the element must define the DITA ID attribute.

September 30, 2016

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