Language reference : Technical content architecture : Glossary elements : Glossentry elements : glossterm
The <glossterm> element specifies the preferred term associated with a definition of a sense. If the same term has multiple senses, create a separate <glossentry> topic for each sense.
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
( text data or boolean or keyword or apiname or option or parmname or cmdname or msgnum or varname or wintitle or ph or b or i or sup or sub or tt or u or codeph or synph or filepath or msgph or systemoutput or userinput or menucascade or uicontrol or q or term or abbreviated-form or tm or state or data or data-about or foreign or unknown or image) (any number)
Contained by
Content model
ditabase, glossary, glossentry, glossgroup
- topic/title concept/title glossentry/glossterm
Example 246. Example
Figure 69. 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
A generic attribute that has no specific purpose. It is intended to act as a base for specialized attributes that have a simple value syntax like the conditional processing attributes (one or more alphanumeric values separated by whitespace), but is not itself a filtering or flagging attribute. The attribute takes a space-delimited set of values. However, when acting as a container for generalized attributes, the content model will be more complex; see Attribute generalization for more details.
id-atts attribute group (id, conref, conrefend, conaction, conkeyref)
A set of related attributes, described in id-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