|Syntax and mark-up / Short descriptions|
Short descriptions specified in a DITA topic can be overriden by alternative short description elements in the ditamap.
A short description (shortdesc) element naturally belongs in the topic. The short description is typically rendered in the output as:
In some circumstances, you may want to override the subordinate topic preview text with a publication-specific, alternative short description. To do this, you need to specify the alternative short description in the ditamap. This is done by adding a shortdesc element to the topicmeta element within the topicref.
<topicref href="c_starting_xrw.dita" format="dita"> <topicmeta> <shortdesc>The XRW is started by entering the PIN into the security keypad, and then turning the ignition key.</shortdesc> </topicmeta> </topicref>