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DITA Profiling / Conditional Text

DITA offers support for conditionally profiling content by using profiling attributes. With Oxygen XML Editor, you can define values for the DITA profiling attributes and they can be easily managed to filter content in the published output. You can switch between profile sets to see how the edited content looks like before publishing. The profiling configuration can also be shared between content authors through the project file and there is no need for coding or editing configuration files.

Oxygen XML Editor includes a Attributes and Condition Sets preferences page where you can create and manage profiling attributes and condition sets. Oxygen XML Editor also offers convenient support for customizing and controlling profiling attribute values with a subject scheme or DITAVAL file.

Profiling Attributes

You can profile content elements or map elements by adding one or more of the default DITA profiling attributes (@product, @platform, @audience, @rev, @props, and @otherprops). You can also create your own custom profiling attributes and profiling condition sets. The profiling attributes may contain one or more tokens that represent conditions to be applied to the content when a publication is built.

For example, you could define a section of a topic that would only be included for a publication related to the Windows platform by adding the @platform profiling attribute:

<section platform="windows">

For information about creating and editing profiling attributes, see Creating and Editing Profiling Attributes in DITA (for information about sharing them, see Sharing Profiling Attribute Configurations).

Profiling Conditions

DITA allows you to conditionally profile parts of a topic so that certain parts of the topic are displayed when certain profiling conditions are set. Profiling conditions can be set both within topics and in maps. When set in a topic, they allow you to suppress an element (such as paragraph), step in a procedure, item in a list, or even a phrase within a sentence. When set in a map, they allow you to suppress an entire topic or group of topics. You can then create a variety of publications from a single map by applying profiling conditions to the build.

For information about creating and editing condition sets, see Creating and Editing Profiling Condition Sets in DITA (for information about sharing them, see Sharing Condition Set Configurations).