Stem sentences, glue text, and other transitional information

Transitional information, such as stem sentences, is largely redundant in DITA's minimalist, topic-based, semantic mark-up architecture. The role of transitional information in contextualising the content has been eliminated through the use of smaller chunk sizes, meaningful titles, information typing, structure, and demarcation labels automatically-generated in the output.

Transitional information, or glue text, is text used to inform readers of what has come before and what will follow later. In other words, it leads the reader from one idea to the next idea. When working in a modular documentation system, the author cannot assume what will come before or after, because information chunks can be assembled in different sequences and combinations to form different publications.

Some common forms of transitional information are found in:
In DITA, devices other than transitional text are used to maintain cohesion and to manage transition.

In summary, avoid using transitional text, and rely on structure, meaningful titles and short descriptions, the separation of document context into the ditamap, and the publishing process, to achieve coherence, cohesion and transition.