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Combining ditavalref and conref (processing order?)

Posted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:45 pm
by Fredrik_Lönn

I just wanted to quickly check if I am doing something unsupported. Profiling inside an element that is included with a conref, that worked well when using the editor profiling filters does not work when applying the same filters with a ditavalref.

I found this page,, that explains that DITA-OT filters before resolving conrefs, but it does not mention any difference in order depending on how the DITAVAL file is refrenced (by ditavalref or as part of buildfile).

I have a ditamap that includes another map by use of a topicref. A ditavalref element is used to reference a file containing a general exclude and a list of includes.

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<topicref href="prodspec_content_map.ditamap" format="ditamap">
  <ditavalref href="filters.ditaval"/>

The ditaval file principally looks like this (exact products and features replaced by generics):

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    <prop action="exclude"/>
    <prop action="include" att="product" val="Product_A" />
    <prop action="include" att="product" val="All_products" />
    <prop action="include" att="props" val="Feature_1"/>
    <prop action="include" att="props" val="Feature_2"/>
    <prop action="include" att="props" val="Feature_3"/>

One of the dita-files in the prodspec_content_map.ditamap references content from a dita-file with a number of reusable text elements that also have profiling attributes assigned. This reference is used using conrefs:

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<ph conref="../reusable/c_ruse_text.dita#c_ruse_text/reuse_lo_limit"/>

This worked as expected when I used the Profiling Filter tool in the DITA Maps Manager, instead of the ditavalref as described above. Now, with the ditavalref it seems that the content included by the conrefs is output as completely unprofiled! The profiling is still visible in the editor. Does anyone recognize this?

Re: Combining ditavalref and conref (processing order?)

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:39 pm
by mihaela

We need some sample files in order to reproduce the problems you describe regarding the usage of ditavalref.
Can you please send us your files (or a similar sample) on our support email address (

Best Regards,

Re: Combining ditavalref and conref (processing order?)

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:17 pm
by Fredrik_Lönn

I managed to get around this issue by including the topic with reused text in my innermost map and setting the attribute processing-role to "resource-only". I guess that by doing this, the DITA-OT filtering stage (that apparently happens before conref completion) is applied to this file as well.

I still don't know why the result differs when using the filter function in the editor, but I will assume that that processing happens after conref completion.

Best Regards,

Re: Combining ditavalref and conref (processing order?)

Posted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:39 pm
by Radu
Hi Fredrik,

If you can put together a small sample DITA project on which the original problem could be reproduced, zip it and send it to "" and I could try to take a look at it, maybe also run it with the latest released DITA OT 3.0 and see how it behaves in this situation, or add an issue on the DITA OT issues list.