concept

The <concept> element is the top-level element for a topic that answers the question "what is?" Concepts provide background information that users must know before they can successfully work with a product or interface. Often, a concept is an extended definition of a major abstraction such as a process or function. It might also have an example or a graphic, but generally the structure of a concept is fairly simple.

Example

<concept id="concept">
 <title>Introduction to Bird Calling</title>
 <shortdesc>If you wish to attract more birds to your Acme Bird Feeder,
learn the art of bird calling. Bird calling is an efficient way
to alert more birds to the presence of your bird feeder.</shortdesc>
 <conbody>
   <p>Bird calling requires learning:</p>
   <ul>
    <li>Popular and classical bird songs</li>
    <li>How to whistle like a bird</li>
   </ul>
 </conbody>
</concept>

Contains

Doctype Content model
ditabase ( ( title) then ( titlealts) (optional) then ( shortdesc or abstract) (optional) then ( prolog) (optional) then ( conbody) (optional) then ( related-links) (optional) then ( topic or concept or task or reference or glossentry) (any number) )
concept ( ( title) then ( titlealts) (optional) then ( shortdesc or abstract) (optional) then ( prolog) (optional) then ( conbody) (optional) then ( related-links) (optional) then ( concept) (any number) )
glossary ( ( title) then ( titlealts) (optional) then ( shortdesc or abstract) (optional) then ( prolog) (optional) then ( conbody) (optional) then ( related-links) (optional) then ( topic) (any number) )

Contained by

Doctype Parents
ditabase dita, topic, concept, task, reference
concept concept

Inheritance:

- topic/topic concept/concept

Attributes

Name Description Data Type Default Value Required?
id This ID enables topics to be referenced uniquely by topicrefs in DITA maps. ID Yes
conref This attribute is used to reference an ID on a topic that can be reused. See The conref attribute for examples and details about the syntax. CDATA #IMPLIED No
xmlns:ditaarch Declares the default DITA namespace. CDATA #FIXED http://dita.oasis-open.org/architecture/2005/  
DITAArchVersion Designates the version of the architecture that is in use. CDATA "1.1" (version dependent; will increase) No
domains Indicates the specialized domains that are included in the DTD or Schema. CDATA (topic ui-d) (topic hi-d) (topic pr-d) (topic sw-d) (topic ut-d) (topic indexing-d) No
%select-atts; (props, base, platform, product, audience, otherprops, importance, rev, status) A set of related attributes, described at %select-atts; parameter entity PE not applicable Not applicable
%localization-atts; (translate, xml:lang, dir) A set of related attributes, described at %localization-atts;. parameter entity PE not applicable Not applicable
%global-atts; (xtrf, xtrc) A set of related attributes, described at %global-atts; parameter entity PE not applicable Not applicable
class, outputclass Common attributes described in Other common DITA attributes