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The DITA Maps Manager view includes a feature that allows you to view and edit the properties of a selected node. The Edit properties action is available on both the DITA Maps Manager toolbar and in the contextual menu. This action is also available in the contextual menu when you edit a DITA map document in Author mode. The action opens the Edit Properties dialog box and it includes several tabs with various functions and fields that are initialized with values based upon the node for which the action was invoked.
Note: If you select multiple sibling nodes and invoke the Edit properties action, only the Profiling tab will be available and your modifications in that tab will be applied to all the selected nodes. If you select multiple nodes that are not on the same hierarchical level, the other tabs will also be available and your modifications will be applied to the parent node (the child nodes will inherit the attributes of the parent node).

You can use the Edit Properties dialog box to modify or define attributes, metadata, profiling, or keys in DITA maps or topics. You can also use it to modify the title of root maps.

At the top of the Edit Properties dialog box, the Reference type drop-down list displays the type of the selected node and it depends on the node for which the action was invoked.

The main section of the dialog box includes the following tabs: Target, Keys, Attributes, Metadata, and Profiling. The availability of the tabs and their functions depend on the selected node. For example, if you invoke the action on a root map, only the Attributes, Metadata, and Profiling tabs are accessible and the Title property can be configured. Also, if you select multiple nodes, only the Profiling tab is available.

Target Tab

Figure: Edit Properties Dialog Box - Target Tab

The Target tab of the Edit Properties dialog box displays information about the target node on which the action was invoked and allows you to change the target. It includes the following sections and fields:
Choose a file location section
You can browse for and select the source target file by using the Look in drop-down list, browsing tools, or file window in this section. You can use the Files of type drop-down menu to narrow the list of possible file types that will be displayed.
URL
Displays the path to the target and allows you to select or change it by using the combo box or browsing tools.
ID
The drop-down list displays all of the target elements that are available for the selected target URL.
Href
The selected target automatically modifies this value to point to the corresponding href attribute of the target element.
Note: If the Reference type is a Navigation Reference, the Href field is changed to Mapref, since a navref element requires a mapref attribute instead.

Keys Tab

Figure: Edit Properties Dialog Box - Keys Tab

The Keys tab allows you to use and define keys for indirect referencing. For more information, see Working with Keys. This tab includes the following:
Define keys
Use this text field to define the keys attribute for the target.
Key scopes [This option is only available if the Built-in DITA-OT 2.x (with DITA 1.3 support) option is selected in the DITA preferences page]
Use this text field to define or edit the value of a keyscope attribute. Key scopes allow you to specify different sets of key definitions for different map branches.
Key reference
Use this combo box (or the Choose key reference button) to select a key that is already defined in the root map.

Attributes Tab

Figure: Edit Properties Dialog Box - Attributes Tab

The Attributes tab of the Edit Properties dialog box allows you to insert and edit attribute values for the target node for which the action was invoked.

If the target is a root map, the tab displays the title of the map. You can change it in the Title text field and assign it to an Attribute, Element, or All.

Figure: Attributes Tab for a Root Map

For other types of targets, the tab includes the following sections and fields that can be used to edit the attributes of the target:

Navigation title
This text field allows you to specify a custom navigation title for the target reference. If you want this attribute to always be populated with a detected value (based on the specifications for the target file), select the Navigation title checkbox for the Always fill values for attributes option in the DITA preferences page. You can enforce the use of the specified title by selecting the Lock checkbox.
Tip: You can also select the Prefer navigation title for topicref rendering option in the DITA preferences page to always enforce the use of the navtitle value rather than selecting this Lock option on individual topics.
Collection type
This drop-down list allows you to select the collection-type attribute to create hierarchical linking between topics in a DITA map (for example, unordered, sequence, choice, family, -dita-use-conref-target).
Type
Allows you to select a type attribute (such as topic, task, concept, etc.) for the target element. If you want this attribute to always be populated with a detected value (based on the specifications for the target file), select the Type checkbox for the Always fill values for attributes option in the DITA preferences page.
Scope
This property corresponds to the scope attribute of the target element. It is populated automatically, based on the selected file type, unless its value for the selected target file is the same as the default attribute value. If you want this attribute to always be populated with a detected value based on the specifications (regardless of the default value), select the Scope checkbox for the Always fill values for attributes option in the DITA preferences page.
Format
This property corresponds to the format attribute of the target element. It is populated automatically, based on the selected file type, unless its value for the selected target file is the same as the default attribute value. If you want this attribute to always be populated with a detected value based on the specifications (regardless of the default value), select the Format checkbox for the Always fill values for attributes option in the DITA preferences page.
Processing Role
This drop-down list allows you to set the processing-role attribute to one of the allowed values for DITA reference elements (for example, resource-only, normal, -dita-use-conref-target).
Other attributes table

This table contains the attributes that are available for the selected reference. You can use this table to insert or edit the values of any of the listed attributes. Clicking a cell in the Value column allows you to use the combo box to enter, edit, or select attribute values.

Metadata Tab

Figure: Edit Properties Dialog Box - Metadata Tab

The Metadata tab allows you to add metadata elements to the target node. Use the buttons on the right side of the tab to insert specific metadata elements (you can add the following metadata elements: navtitle, linktext, shortdesc, keyword, indexterm). The metadata elements are inserted inside a topicmeta element. The editing window allows you to easily insert and modify the content of the metadata that will be inserted.

Profiling Tab

Figure: Edit Properties Dialog Box - Profiling Tab

The Profiling tab allows you to select or change profiling attributes for the selected target nodes. This tab displays profiling attributes and their values as determined by the following:

If you have a large list of profiling attributes, you can use the text filter field to search for attributes or values, and you can expand or collapse attributes by using the Expand All/ Collapse All buttons to the right of the text filter or the arrow button to the left of the profiling attribute name..

When you modify a selection of values in this tab, the change will also automatically be reflected in the Attributes tab. For more information, see DITA Profiling / Conditional Text.

Note: If you invoke the Edit properties action on a selection of multiple nodes that have different values for the same profiling attribute, a conflict panel will be displayed in the Profiling tab and you can choose between the following actions for resolving it:
  • Keep - Preserves the current attribute values.
  • Change Now - Allows you to edit the selection of values in this Profiling tab and the changes will be applied to all the selected nodes.

Figure: Profiling Conflict Panel

Finalizing Your Modifications

Once you click OK, all your changes are applied to the target node.