Conditional processing, also known as profiling, is the filtering or flagging of information based on processing-time criteria. The filtering mechanism first matches against the criteria, and then takes a specified action.
DITA provides several built-in attributes to hold the values for filter criteria for an element. These are:
It is possible, for example, to specify the platform or audience that a particular paragraph applies to. The values of these attributes can then be leveraged by any number of processes, including filtering, flagging, search, and indexing.
There is a proposal for DITA 1.1 that will enable specializers to define their own metadata attributes for use in conditionally processing content.
The architectural specification describes conditional processing at
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