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


Synopsis -- A general-purpose element for representing the syntax of commands or functions


Mixed Content Model

Synopsis ::= ((LineAnnotation|#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|   InlineGraphic|InlineMediaObject|InlineEquation|Synopsis|   CmdSynopsis|FuncSynopsis|IndexTerm|Graphic|MediaObject)+)


Common attributes





Enumerated notation:



Tag Minimization

Both the start- and end-tags are required for this element.

Parameter Entities



A Synopsis is a verbatim environment for displaying command, function, and other syntax summaries.

Unlike CmdSynopsis and FuncSynopsis which have a complex interior structure, Synopsis is simply a verbatim environment.

Processing expectations

This element is displayed "verbatim"; whitespace and linebreaks within this element are significant. Synopsis elements are usually displayed in a fixed width font.

(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.


These elements contain Synopsis: Answer, Appendix, Application, Article, Attribution, BiblioDiv, Bibliography, BiblioMisc, BlockQuote, Callout, Caution, Chapter, Citation, CiteTitle, Comment, Emphasis, entry, Example, Figure, Footnote, ForeignPhrase, Glossary, GlossDef, GlossDiv, GlossSee, GlossSeeAlso, GlossTerm, Important, Index, IndexDiv, InformalExample, InformalFigure, LineAnnotation, Link, ListItem, LiteralLayout, LoTentry, Member, MsgAud, MsgExplan, MsgText, Note, OLink, Para, PartIntro, Phrase, Preface, Procedure, ProductName, ProgramListing, QandADiv, QandASet, Question, Quote, RefEntryTitle, RefSect1, RefSect2, RefSect3, RefSynopsisDiv, Screen, ScreenInfo, Sect1, Sect2, Sect3, Sect4, Sect5, Section, Seg, SetIndex, Sidebar, SimPara, SimpleSect, Step, Synopsis, Term, Tip, ToCback, ToCentry, ToCfront, ULink, Warning.


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

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

In some contexts, the following elements are excluded: Acronym, Footnote, IndexTerm.



The Format attribute applies the linespecific notation to all synopses. All white space and line breaks must be preserved.


Label specifies an identifying number or string that may be used in presentation.

See Also

CmdSynopsis, ComputerOutput, FuncSynopsis, LineAnnotation, LiteralLayout, ProgramListing, Screen, ScreenShot, UserInput


<!DOCTYPE synopsis PUBLIC "-//OASIS//DTD DocBook V3.1//EN"> <synopsis> chgrp [-R [-H | -L | -P] [-f] group file... </synopsis>

chgrp [-R [-H | -L | -P] [-f] group file...

<!DOCTYPE synopsis PUBLIC "-//OASIS//DTD DocBook V3.1//EN"> <synopsis> int max(int int1, int int2); </synopsis>

int max(int int1, int int2);

For additional examples, see also Optional, 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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