Language reference : Base architecture : Topic elements : Basic topic elements
   
Basic topic elements
 
topic
title
titlealts
searchtitle
navtitle
shortdesc
abstract
body
bodydiv
related-links
dita
The generic topic structure is used for untyped topics. While much of the DITA architecture is built on generic topics, it is generally better to use more specific information types (such as concept, task, or reference) when they are available.
For an answer to the question "What are topics?" and more details on when to use different information types, please refer to DITA topics.