Can automotive manufacturers create customized glossaries and terminology databases in DITA?

Automotive manufacturers can indeed create customized glossaries and terminology databases in DITA XML to ensure consistency and accuracy in their technical documentation.

Customized Glossaries

In DITA, it’s possible to create customized glossaries tailored to the specific terminology and abbreviations used in the automotive industry. These glossaries can be organized by subject matter, department, or any other relevant categorization. Each entry in the glossary includes the term, its definition, and any additional contextual information.

Terminology Databases

Terminology databases serve as repositories for automotive-specific terms, abbreviations, and industry jargon. These databases can be created in DITA and referenced across various documents. This ensures that all documentation consistently uses the approved terminology, helping manufacturers maintain high-quality and coherent technical documentation.


Here’s an example of how automotive manufacturers can create customized glossaries and terminology databases in DITA:

<glossary id="custom_automotive_glossary">
  <glossentry id="tpms">
    <glossdef>The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is an automotive safety feature that monitors tire pressure and alerts the driver to low or high pressure conditions.</glossdef>
  <glossentry id="odometer">
    <glossdef>An odometer is a device that measures the distance a vehicle has traveled.</glossdef>

In this example, the “custom_automotive_glossary” contains entries for “TPMS” and “Odometer,” allowing for standardized usage of these terms in automotive documentation.