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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



WordAsWord -- A word meant specifically as a word and not representing anything else


Mixed Content Model

WordAsWord ::=


Common attributes

Tag Minimization

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

Parameter Entities



A lot of technical documentation contains words that have overloaded meanings. Sometimes it is useful to be able to use a word without invoking its technical meaning. The WordAsWord element identifies a word or phrase that might otherwise be interpreted in some specific way, and asserts that it should be interpreted simply as a word.

It is unlikely that the presentation of this element will be able to help readers understand the variation in meaning; good writing will have to achieve that goal. The real value of WordAsWord lies in the fact that full-text searching and indexing tools can use it to avoid false-positives.

Processing expectations

Formatted inline.


The following elements occur in WordAsWord: Acronym, Anchor, Comment, Emphasis, IndexTerm, InlineGraphic, InlineMediaObject, Link, OLink, Subscript, Superscript, Trademark, ULink.

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

In some contexts, the following elements are excluded: Acronym, IndexTerm.

See Also

Abbrev, Acronym, Emphasis, ForeignPhrase, Phrase, Quote


<!DOCTYPE para PUBLIC "-//OASIS//DTD DocBook V3.1//EN">
A <wordasword>Term</wordasword> in Algebra has a very different meaning
than a <sgmltag>Term</sgmltag> in DocBook.

A Term in Algebra has a very different meaning than a Term in DocBook.

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