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DocBook: The Definitive Guide

DocBook: The Definitive Guide

By Norman Walsh & Leonard Muellner
1st Edition October 1999
1-56592-580-7, Order Number: 5807
652 pages, $36.95 , Includes CD-ROM



RefClass -- The scope or other indication of applicability of a reference entry


Mixed Content Model

RefClass ::=


Common attributes

Tag Minimization

The start-tag is required for this element. The end-tag is optional, if your SGML declaration allows minimization.


The RefClass element describes the applicability or scope of a RefEntry. A RefClass might indicate that the entry was only applicable to a particular application, for example, or only to a particular vendor’s operating system.

Processing expectations

May be formatted inline or as a displayed block, depending on context. Sometimes suppressed.

Formatting reference pages may require a fairly sophisticated processing system. Much of the meta-information about a reference page (its name, type, purpose, title, and classification) is stored in wrappers near the beginning of the RefEntry.

Common presentational features, such as titles and running heads, may require data from several of these wrappers plus some generated text. Other formatting often requires that these elements be reordered.


These elements contain RefClass: RefNameDiv.


The following elements occur in RefClass: Application.

In some contexts, the following elements are allowed anywhere: BeginPage, IndexTerm.


For examples, see RefEntry.

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