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Subject: RE: [dita-help] Context-Sensitivity

Hi Tony

Is your assumption that the context-sensitivity would provide a one-one
mapping between an application UI element and the corresponding Help topic?
Or is it worth considering a one-many mapping where a context-sensitive call
might potentially result in a choice between two or more topics?  If so,
then it seems to me that the context-sensitive "hook" is analogous to an
Index Keyword and should be included within the topic's metadata.  Perhaps
within the topic itself, rather than in the ditamap?

-Matthew Ellison

-----Original Message-----
From: Tony Self [mailto:tself@hyperwrite.com] 
Sent: 16 March 2008 04:15
To: dita-help@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: [dita-help] 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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