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glossentry
The <glossentry> element defines a single sense of a glossary term. Glossary entries for different term senses can be reused independently of one another. DITA 1.2 adds several elements to the glossentry topic type, allowing it to specify additional information about a term (beyond just the definition).
The recommended (but not required) book processing is to sort and group glossary entries based on the localized term so a back-of-the-book glossary can contain a collated list of terms with the definitions of the individual senses of each term indented under the term. The glossary can have a different organization in different languages depending on the translation of the terms. One possible implementation of a glossary in online processing is to associate a hotspot for mentions of terms in <term> elements and display the definition on hover or click.
Contains
Note: These models represent only the default document types distributed by OASIS. Actual content models will differ with each new document type.
Doctype
Content model
ditabase, glossary, glossentry, glossgroup
( (glossterm) then (glossdef) (optional) then (prolog) (optional) then (glossBody) (optional) then (related-links) (optional) then (no-topic-nesting) (any number) )
Contained by
Doctype
Content model
ditabase
glossgroup
Inheritance
- topic/topic concept/concept glossentry/glossentry
Example 245. Example
Figure 68. The glossary term "USB flash drive" with additional information
<glossentry id="usbfd">
<glossterm>USB flash drive</glossterm>
<glossdef>A small portable drive.</glossdef>
<glossBody>
<glossPartOfSpeech value="noun"/>
<glossUsage>Do not provide in upper case (as in "USB Flash
Drive") because that suggests a trademark.</glossUsage>
<glossAlt>
<glossAcronym>UFD</glossAcronym>
<glossUsage>Explain the acronym on first occurrence.</glossUsage>
</glossAlt>
<glossAlt id="memoryStick">
<glossSynonym>memory stick</glossSynonym>
<glossUsage>This is a colloquial term.</glossUsage>
</glossAlt>
<glossAlt>
<glossAbbreviation>stick</glossAbbreviation>
<glossStatus value="prohibited"/>
<glossUsage>This is too colloquial.</glossUsage>
<glossAlternateFor href="#usbfd/memoryStick"/>
</glossAlt>
<glossAlt>
<glossAbbreviation>flash</glossAbbreviation>
<glossStatus value="prohibited"/>
<glossUsage>This short form is ambiguous.</glossUsage>
</glossAlt>
</glossBody>
</glossentry>
Attributes
Name
Description
Data Type
Default Value
Required?
id
This ID enables topics to be referenced uniquely by topicrefs in DITA maps.
ID
Yes
conref-atts attribute group (conref, conrefend, conaction, conkeyref)
A set of related attributes; includes all of the attributes described in id-atts attribute group except for the id attribute.
xmlns:ditaarch
Declares the default DITA namespace.
"http://dita.​oasis-open.​org/​architecture/​2005/"
DITAArchVersion
Designates the version of the architecture that is in use. The default value will increase with each release of DITA.
CDATA
"1.2"
No
domains
Indicates the specialized domains that are included in the DTD or Schema. This value will differ depending on what domains are included in the current DTD or Schema.
CDATA
Varies based on the DTD or Schema; a sample value is "(topic ui-d) (topic hi-d) (topic pr-d) (topic sw-d) (topic ut-d) (topic indexing-d)"
No
select-atts attribute group (props, base, platform, product, audience, otherprops, importance, rev, status)
A set of related attributes, described in select-atts attribute group
localization-atts attribute group (translate, xml:lang, dir)
A set of related attributes, described in localization-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