DocBook: The Definitive Guide

docbook: the definitive guide
By Norman Walsh & Leonard Muellner
1st Edition October 1999
1-56592-580-7, Order Number: 5807
652 pages, $36.95 , Includes CD-ROM

DocBook: The Definitive Guide
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RefPurpose -- A short (one sentence) synopsis of the topic of a reference page

Synopsis

Mixed Content Model

RefPurpose ::= ((#PCDATA|FootnoteRef|XRef|Abbrev|Acronym|Citation|CiteRefEntry|   CiteTitle|Emphasis|FirstTerm|ForeignPhrase|GlossTerm|Footnote|   Phrase|Quote|Trademark|WordAsWord|Link|OLink|ULink|Action|   Application|ClassName|Command|ComputerOutput|Database|Email|   EnVar|ErrorCode|ErrorName|ErrorType|Filename|Function|GUIButton|   GUIIcon|GUILabel|GUIMenu|GUIMenuItem|GUISubmenu|Hardware|   Interface|InterfaceDefinition|KeyCap|KeyCode|KeyCombo|KeySym|   Literal|Constant|Markup|MediaLabel|MenuChoice|MouseButton|   MsgText|Option|Optional|Parameter|Prompt|Property|Replaceable|   ReturnValue|SGMLTag|StructField|StructName|Symbol|SystemItem|   Token|Type|UserInput|VarName|Anchor|Author|AuthorInitials|   CorpAuthor|ModeSpec|OtherCredit|ProductName|ProductNumber|   RevHistory|Comment|Subscript|Superscript|IndexTerm)+)

Attributes

Common attributes

Tag Minimization

The start-tag is required for this element. The end-tag is optional, if your SGML declaration allows minimization.

Description

The RefPurpose is a concise summary of the topic of the reference page. A RefPurpose is usually limited to a single, short sentence.

Processing expectations

Formatted inline. See RefNameDiv.

In a large Reference, RefNames and RefPurposes are sometimes used to construct a permuted index. A permuted index is a keyword-in-context concordance of lines, like the short definitions in this element reference; the keyword cycles alphabetically through the words of the (definition) lines.

Formatting reference pages may require a fairly sophisticated processing system. Much of the meta-information about a reference page (its name, type, purpose, title, and classification) is stored in wrappers near the beginning of the RefEntry.

Common presentational features, such as titles and running headers, may require data from several of these wrappers plus some generated text. Other formatting often requires that these elements be reordered.

(4.0) Future Changes

The InterfaceDefinition element will be discarded in DocBook V4.0. It will no longer be available in the content model of this element.

Parents

These elements contain RefPurpose: RefNameDiv.

Children

The following elements occur in RefPurpose: Abbrev, Acronym, Action, Anchor, Application, Author, AuthorInitials, Citation, CiteRefEntry, CiteTitle, ClassName, Command, Comment, ComputerOutput, Constant, CorpAuthor, Database, Email, Emphasis, EnVar, ErrorCode, ErrorName, ErrorType, Filename, FirstTerm, Footnote, FootnoteRef, ForeignPhrase, Function, GlossTerm, GUIButton, GUIIcon, GUILabel, GUIMenu, GUIMenuItem, GUISubmenu, Hardware, IndexTerm, Interface, InterfaceDefinition, KeyCap, KeyCode, KeyCombo, KeySym, Link, Literal, Markup, MediaLabel, MenuChoice, ModeSpec, MouseButton, MsgText, OLink, Option, Optional, OtherCredit, Parameter, Phrase, ProductName, ProductNumber, Prompt, Property, Quote, Replaceable, ReturnValue, RevHistory, SGMLTag, StructField, StructName, Subscript, Superscript, Symbol, SystemItem, Token, Trademark, Type, ULink, UserInput, VarName, WordAsWord, XRef.

In some contexts, the following elements are allowed anywhere: BeginPage, IndexTerm.

Examples

For examples, see RefEntry.


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DocBook. The Definitive Guide
DocBook 5: The Definitive Guide
ISBN: 0596805020
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 1999
Pages: 412
Authors: Walsh Norman, Richard L. Hamilton
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