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  • MarcB

    Confusion about navtitle

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    Using XMetaL Author Enterprise 12.0.0.057 on Windows 7 with default DITA version set to 1.2 in the DITA Options.

    We are noticing the following behavior when including references to DITA maps from within a DITA map in conjunction with the @navtitle attribute. If the referenced DITA map is a regular map, XMetaL shows the value of the @navtitle attribute as before. If the referenced DITA map is a bookmap, the @navtitle attribute is ignored and the ID value of the referenced map is displayed.

    Reference to a regular map:

    Reference to a bookmap:

    This happens with and alike, starting with XMetaL 12.

    I understand the @navtitle is deprecated with DITA 1.2, but we have many DITA maps with that attribute, including nested DITA bookmaps, and they are now all displaying the Element ID as navtitle.
    A workaround is to set the @locktitle attribute to “yes” on the topicref, but my question is: what should we be doing? What is the recommended format of a topic reference in a DITA map?

    Thanks,
    Marc Beckers
    Software AG

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