Content re-use is a means of improving efficiency by eliminating
repetition of phrases, blocks of text, topics, and even collections of topics.
content re-use means different things to different authors
and tool vendors, just as the term
single-sourcing means different things. Sometimes, those
terms are used as glib marketing jargon. DITA supports a maximal implementation
of content re-use.
Content re-use is achieved through the following strategies:
- Creating multiple
deliverable documents from the same source project.
- Assembling a deliverable
document by defining the sequence and hierarchy of content from topics selected
from a shared repository.
- Defining conditional
publishing rules, where content can be omitted or included depending on the
specification of the deliverable document.
- Automated processing of a
document's source to extract and re-assemble the content when creating a
- Transcluding content
snippets from one topic into another topic.
- Using separately-maintained
variables for repeated words or phrases.