Format definition lists as a list instead of a table

Output definition lists (<dl>) in list format rather than in the default table format.

Although the element tag <dl> stands for "definition list," the Open Toolkit formats <dl> using a table. Using a table makes it easier to render the term and its definition on the same line, and a table makes it easier to align the definitions.

However, if you really want definition lists to be formatted as lists, you can make that happen. You can follow the steps below to make the changes to the base templates, or you can integrate Eliot Kimber’s dl-as-dl plugin, found on GitHub.

  1. In DITA-OT/plugins/org.dita.pdf2/xsl/fo/tables.xsl, find the section that begins with the comment <!--Definition ...