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

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Name

variablelist — A list in which each entry is composed of a set of one or more terms and an associated description

Synopsis

variablelist ::= ((((title? & titleabbrev?), infodb.titleforbidden.info) | info db.titleonly.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)*, varlistentry+)

Attribute synopsis

Common attributes and common linking attributes.

Additional attributes:

  • spacing (enumeration) = “compact” | “normal”

  • termlength

Description

A variablelist is a list consisting of terms and their definitions or descriptions.

Processing expectations

Formatted as a displayed block.

There are many ways to present a variable list. DocBook does not mandate any particular presentation. The termlength attribute may influence the presentation of terms. The termlength attribute is often specified as a number of characters, but other forms are possible. This is an interchange issue.

Attributes

Common attributes and common linking attributes.

spacing

Specifies (a hint about) the spacing of the content

Enumerated values:
“compact”

The spacing should be “compact”.

“normal”

The spacing should be “normal”.

termlength

Indicates a length beyond which the presentation system may consider a term too long and selects an alternate presentation for that term, item, or list

See Also

calloutlist, itemizedlist ...

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