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Subject: Context-Sensitivity

Dear All

I wonder if we can get some discussion going on how context-sensitivity might be approached in DITA. 

If DITA embraces the objective of separation of content from form, do context-hooks belong in the DITA content, or are they part of the presentation layer?

Help Authoring Tools (HATs) such as RoboHelp, particularly when working within the Microsoft HTML Help paradigm, store context hooks in a map file separate from the content. The map file stores the relationship between topics and context hooks. The map file is edited with a software utility that is essentially separate from the HAT application. The hooks are not "authored" into the content. 

Is this the best approach? Personally, I think they should be stored as metdata within the DITA (maybe in the ditamap).

What does everybody think?

Tony Self

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