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What is the difference between a topic, a how-to and a reference?

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The MindTouch content structure framework is powered by article templates, including those for topics, how-tos and references. These templates help you apply a sound structural framework for your content. 

Primary use Article type Description

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A category is used as a high-level organization of content. Examples of high-level categories would be language, product suites and product versions.



The guide page is a subsection under a category to organize content into a user manual structure. 



A topic article is a conceptual article.


A how-to article is a procedural article, which often contains step-by-step instructions that lead to an end goal. 


A reference article describes features of a product, such as settings and controls in the product. 

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