refnamediv — The name, purpose, and classification of a reference page
refnamediv is the first mandatory section in
refentry. It is a peer to
The elements in
refnamediv identify the topic
of the reference page (
refname), provide a concise summary
refpurpose), and classify the page
Formatted as a displayed block. A
usually generates a section heading, in the same typographic style as
The content of this section is traditionally the
refpurpose, separated by
an em dash.
refclass may be presented, or it may be
suppressed and used only to select a group of reference pages to
process. You might use the value of
print all the reference pages appropriate to Solaris
UNIX, for example.
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
Common presentational features, such as titles and running headers, may require data from several of these wrappers plus some generated text. Other formatting often requires that these elements be reordered.