|DITA map files / Purpose of ditamap files|
Cross-reference links based on the relationships defined in the hierarchy and reltable sections of the ditamap can be automatically generated and added to the bottom of output topics, in both hypertext and paged media outputs. Most publishing tools support this DITA feature.
When a ditamap is processed (transformed into a reading format), particularly to a hypertext format, cross-referencing links can be automatically generated. For example, the samples following show some automatically generated related topics links.
Generated links in HTML output
Generated links in PDF output