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Derek Read

Reply to: Validation Error with conref

In DITA most elements do not have required children or attributes so this issue doesn't come up. Table is probably the only construction that has required elements. XMetaL allows you to render the referenced content (and it does so by default) but for validation it does not replace the local content with the referenced content, only the local content is used.

So, if you conref a table the local copy of the table must still have the minimum of required elements for the referencing document to be valid. The same would be true if you conref a tgroup (must have a tbody), tbody (needs a row), or row (must have an entry).