Can you embed multimedia elements like videos in DITA content?

DITA supports the embedding of multimedia elements, such as videos, audio clips, and images, to enhance the interactivity and engagement of content. This allows for creating dynamic and informative content within DITA topics.

DITA provides various elements and attributes for embedding multimedia content, with <object> being one of the primary elements. Multimedia can be embedded within DITA topics to create a richer user experience.

The <object> element is versatile and can be used to embed various types of multimedia content, including videos, audio, and interactive applications. It includes the following attributes:

  • @data: Specifies the location of the multimedia file.
  • @type: Indicates the MIME type of the content (e.g., video/mp4 for MP4 video).
  • @width and @height: Define the dimensions of the embedded content.
  • @param: Allows for additional parameters specific to the multimedia type.

DITA supports various multimedia file types, including MP4, MP3, GIF, PNG, JPEG, and more. The appropriate file type should be specified in the @type attribute.


Here’s an example of embedding a video within a DITA topic:

<object data="" type="video/mp4" width="640" height="360">
  <param name="autoplay" value="true"/>

In this example, we use the <object> element to embed a video (in this case, an MP4 file) with specified attributes. The <param> element is used to set the autoplay feature.

It’s important to ensure that the @data attribute points to the correct location of the multimedia file.