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Reuse a topic in a ditamap

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Nov 06, 2018

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There may be a simple method for doing this, but my FrameMaker/DITA experience is not great yet.
I have a ditamap where I would like to reuse a topic. It is a boilerplate topic that is used more than once throughout the document.

When I try to attach the same topic to the ditamap, my output fails.

Can I not use the same topic/filename twice in one ditamap? Is this where conkeyrefs come in? I understand how in HTML5 output you might end up with a duplicate URL, but there must be a way of reusing a file without making a copy and changing the name.

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Reuse a topic in a ditamap

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There may be a simple method for doing this, but my FrameMaker/DITA experience is not great yet.
I have a ditamap where I would like to reuse a topic. It is a boilerplate topic that is used more than once throughout the document.

When I try to attach the same topic to the ditamap, my output fails.

Can I not use the same topic/filename twice in one ditamap? Is this where conkeyrefs come in? I understand how in HTML5 output you might end up with a duplicate URL, but there must be a way of reusing a file without making a copy and changing the name.

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Nov 07, 2018

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I would love some help on this. I don't know if I'm asking too much of FrameMaker Dita. Simply put, what if I have a 5-step task topic that is used every chapter in ditamap. Liking it once works fine, If I try to use it twice, the build fails. I am stumped!

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Nov 08, 2018

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Hi, When you say it fails didnt understand it. Can you share some more details or if possible share a small sample with me at amitosin@adobe.com so i could look into this and work with you on resolving your query.

thanks

Amitoj Singh

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Hello Amitoj

Thanks for getting back to me.

I have created a simple ditamap in which I reuse a topic called: FileDemo.dita, separated by topics called: Break1 and Break2

When I Publish to PDF the FileDemo.dita is missing, only the Break files show up.

Please note, we use a redirector file to use a different set of template files. I don’t know if this should impact my output.

I have attached the Published PDF as is and a Zip file containing the DITA files.

Thanks for your help with this!

Matt Lorenzi

Technical Writer

Alpha Technologies Ltd.

T: +1 604 677 8219

www.alpha.ca<https://www.alpha.ca/>

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I would appear something lies with my .ini file and the templates I am using to generate the PDF. At least knowing this tells my nothing is wrong with my ditamap or dita syntax.

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Still plugging away at finding a solution to this. If I do not use our .INI file to use our custom templates, the output works fine. But we are using the .INI to generate the TOC, LOF, and load other template files.

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Nov 19, 2018

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This is the error i get in my console:


FM document generated from DITA Map, but with errors. Please refer to console for errors.C:\Users\aaa_bbb\AppData\Local\Temp\D4F4.tmp\FileDemo.fm already exists as a file component in book.

So FrameMaker doesn't like reusing a topic in a book, but surely there must be a workaround?

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