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What is the difference between a Topic, How-to and Reference? (MT4)

The MindTouch Content Framework is powered by templates, including those for Topic, How-to and Reference, that help you to apply consistent formatting. 

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Primary Usage

Content Type


Landing Page


A Category is used as a high level organization of content. Examples of high level Categories would be Language, Product Suites and Product Versions.

Topic Guide

The Topic Guide page is a subsection under Category to organize content into a user manual structure. 



Topic is a conceptual article.


How-To is a procedural article. It has step-by-step instructions that lead to an end goal. 


Reference is an article that describes features of a product, such as settings and controls in the product. 

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