<glossary> Glossary Elements List

Section whose content is typically a list of terms and definitions, usually tagged as one or more two-part lists called <def-list>. Typically part of the back matter of a document.


The model for <glossary> is deliberately broad in order to accommodate glossaries that are tabular, heavily annotated, constructed as a series of notes, or otherwise unusually constructed.
Glossaries are recursive with various levels indicated by containment, not by different names for the embedded glossaries. A typical simple <glossary> may contain only a title and a <def-list>. A more complex <glossary> may be divided into several different lists of terms, each headed by a title that describes the audience for the particular terms. These glossaries inside a glossary are tagged using the <glossary> element rather than a different, explicitly named element such as a <sub-glossary> or <glossary-sec>.

Base Attributes

Models and Context
May be contained in
Content Model
<!ELEMENT  glossary     %glossary-model;                             >
Expanded Content Model

(sec-meta?, label?, title?, (address | alternatives | answer | answer-set | array | boxed-text | chem-struct-wrap | code | explanation | fig | fig-group | graphic | media | name-address-wrap | preformat | question | question-wrap | question-wrap-group | supplementary-material | table-wrap | table-wrap-group | disp-formula | disp-formula-group | def-list | list | tex-math | mml:math | p | related-article | related-object | ack | disp-quote | speech | statement | verse-group | x)*, glossary*, fn-group?)

Tagged Sample

In back matter

 <glossary id="bid.1237">
    <term id="bid.1238">3-D or 3D</term>
    <term id="bid.1722">Accession number</term>
    <def><p>An Accession number is a unique identifier 
     given to a sequence when it is submitted to one 
     of the DNA repositories (GenBank, EMBL, DDBJ). The 
     initial deposition of a sequence record is referred 
     to as version 1. If the sequence is updated, the 
     version number is incremented, but the Accession 
     number will remain constant.</p></def>
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