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Generalization Support
Arbortext supports the DITA standard class attribute that enables an element to be labeled as a specialization of another element. Output and other processing can treat occurrences of the specialized element as if they were the base element used for the specialization. This process is called generalization or fallback processing.
Arbortext Editor supports generalization in the following areas:
Publishing — When publishing with an Arbortext Styler stylesheet, the composition process replaces unstyled, specialized elements with the associated base element (if the base element is styled).
Arbortext Editor display — When you use an Arbortext Styler stylesheet to control display in Arbortext Editor, Arbortext Editor uses the styling developed for a base element when a specialized element is unstyled.
Arbortext Styler user interface and preview — Arbortext Styler recognizes when a specialized element has an associated base element that has been styled and notes that in the user interface. Arbortext Styler also replaces unstyled, specialized elements with the associated base element in preview operations.
Refer to the Arbortext Styler online help for more information about support for styling DITA documents.
Resource Manager — The controls in the Resource Manager tabs recognize when an element is a specialization of a topic reference or other DITA element and displays the specialized element in relevant areas of the user interface.