Language reference : Technical content architecture : Glossary elements : Glossentry elements : glossAlt
The <glossAlt> element contains a variant term for the preferred term. The variant should have the same meaning as the term in the <glossterm> element; the variant is simply another way to refer to the same term. There may be many ways to refer to a term; each variant is placed in its own <glossAlt> element. The <glossUsage> element may be used within <glossAlt> to indicate when use of the alternate term is appropriate.
Note: Any list of alternative terms is, of course, specific to the language, so translation of a glossentry topic may result in empty elements within a <glossAlt> container.
Note: These models represent only the default document types distributed by OASIS. Actual content models will differ with each new document type.
Content model
ditabase, glossary, glossentry, glossgroup
( (glossAbbreviation or glossAcronym or glossShortForm or glossSynonym) (optional) then (glossStatus) (optional) then (glossProperty) (any number) then (glossUsage) (optional) then (note or hazardstatement) (any number) then (glossAlternateFor) (any number) )
Contained by
Content model
ditabase, glossary, glossentry, glossgroup
- topic/section concept/section glossentry/glossAlt
Example 250. Example
Figure 73. The glossary term "USB flash drive" with additional information
<glossentry id="usbfd">
<glossterm>USB flash drive</glossterm>
<glossdef>A small portable drive.</glossdef>
<glossPartOfSpeech value="noun"/>
<glossUsage>Do not provide in upper case (as in "USB Flash
Drive") because that suggests a trademark.</glossUsage>
<glossUsage>Explain the acronym on first occurrence.</glossUsage>
<glossAlt id="memoryStick">
<glossSynonym>memory stick</glossSynonym>
<glossUsage>This is a colloquial term.</glossUsage>
<glossStatus value="prohibited"/>
<glossUsage>This is too colloquial.</glossUsage>
<glossAlternateFor href="#usbfd/memoryStick"/>
<glossStatus value="prohibited"/>
<glossUsage>This short form is ambiguous.</glossUsage>
Data Type
Default Value
univ-atts attribute group (includes select-atts, id-atts, and localization-atts groups)
A set of related attributes, described in univ-atts attribute group
global-atts attribute group (xtrf, xtrc)
A set of related attributes, described in global-atts attribute group
class, outputclass
Common attributes described in Other common DITA attributes