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DocBook 5: The Definitive Guide by Richard L. Hamilton, Norman Walsh

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Name

section — A recursive section

Synopsis

section ::= ((((title & titleabbrev? & subtitle?), infodb.titleforbidden.info) | info db.titlereq.info), (((annotation | bridgehead | remark | revhistory | Indexing inlines | Admonition elements | Formal elements | Graphic elements | Informal elements | List elements | Paragraph elements | Publishing elements | Synopsis elements | Technical elements | Verbatim elements)+, ((section+, simplesect*) | simplesect+ | refentry+)?) | (section+, simplesect*) | simplesect+ | refentry+), (bibliography | glossary | index | toc)*)

Attribute synopsis

Common attributes and common linking attributes.

Additional attributes:

  • label

  • status

Additional constraints

  • If this element is the root element, it must have a version attribute.

Description

A section is one of the top-level sectioning elements in a component. There are three types of sectioning elements in DocBook:

  • Explicitly numbered sections, sect1sect5, which must be properly nested and can only be five levels deep.

  • Recursive sections, which are an alternative to the numbered sections and have unbounded depth.

  • simplesects, which are terminal. The simplesects can occur as the leaf sections in recursive sections or any of the numbered sections, or directly in components.

The section element may be more convenient than numbered sections in some authoring environments because instances can be moved around in the document hierarchy without renaming.

None of the sectioning elements is allowed to float in a component. ...

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