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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



SubjectTerm -- A term in a group of terms describing the subject matter of a document


Mixed Content Model

SubjectTerm ::=


Common attributes

Tag Minimization

Both the start- and end-tags are required for this element.


A SubjectTerm is an individual subject word or phrase that describes the subject matter of a document or the portion of a document in which it occurs.

Subject terms are not expected to contain any markup. They are external descriptions from a controlled vocabulary.

Processing expectations

May be formatted inline or as a displayed block, depending on context. Subject terms are rarely displayed to a reader. Usually, they are reserved for searching and retrieval purposes.


These elements contain SubjectTerm: Subject.


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

See Also

Keyword, KeywordSet, Subject, SubjectSet


For examples, see SubjectSet.

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