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


Figure -- A formal figure, generally an illustration, with a title


Content Model

Figure ::= ((Title,TitleAbbrev?),  (LiteralLayout|ProgramListing|ProgramListingCO|Screen|ScreenCO|   ScreenShot|Synopsis|CmdSynopsis|FuncSynopsis|Address|BlockQuote|   Graphic|GraphicCO|MediaObject|MediaObjectCO|InformalEquation|   InformalExample|InformalFigure|InformalTable|IndexTerm|Link|   OLink|ULink)+)


Common attributes





Tag Minimization

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

Parameter Entities



Figure is a formal example with a title. Figures often contain Graphics, or other large, display elements. Frequently they are given IDs and referenced from the text with XRef or Link.

Processing expectations

Formatted as a displayed block.

Figures may contain multiple display elements. DocBook does not specify how these elements are to be presented with respect to one another.

DocBook does not specify the location of the figure within the final displayed flow of text; it may float or remain where it is located.

A list of figures may be generated at the beginning of a document.


These elements contain Figure: Answer, Appendix, Article, BiblioDiv, Bibliography, BlockQuote, Callout, Caution, Chapter, Glossary, GlossDef, GlossDiv, Important, Index, ListItem, MsgExplan, MsgText, Note, Para, PartIntro, Preface, Procedure, QandADiv, QandASet, Question, RefSect1, RefSect2, RefSect3, RefSynopsisDiv, Sect1, Sect2, Sect3, Sect4, Sect5, Section, SetIndex, Sidebar, SimpleSect, Step, Tip, Warning.


The following elements occur in Figure: Address, BlockQuote, CmdSynopsis, FuncSynopsis, Graphic, GraphicCO, IndexTerm, InformalEquation, InformalExample, InformalFigure, InformalTable, Link, LiteralLayout, MediaObject, MediaObjectCO, OLink, ProgramListing, ProgramListingCO, Screen, ScreenCO, ScreenShot, Synopsis, Title, TitleAbbrev, ULink.

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

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



If Float has the value 1 (true), then the processing system is free to move the figure to a convenient location. (Where convenient location may be described in the style sheet or may be application dependent.) A value of 0 (false) indicates that the figure should be placed precisely where it occurs in the flow.


Label specifies an identifying string for presentation purposes.

Generally, an explicit Label attribute is used only if the processing system is incapable of generating the label automatically. If present, the Label is normative; it will used even if the processing system is capable of automatic labelling.


If Pgwide has the value 0 (false), then the Figure is rendered in the current text flow (with flow column width). A value of 1 (true) specifies that the figure should be rendered across the full text page.

See Also

Equation, Example, InformalEquation, InformalExample, InformalFigure, InformalTable, Table


<!DOCTYPE figure PUBLIC "-//OASIS//DTD DocBook V3.1//EN"> <figure><title>The Pythagorean Theorum Illustrated</title> <graphic fileref="figures/pythag"></graphic> </figure>

Figure 1. The Pythagorean Theorum Illustrated

For additional examples, see also Graphic.


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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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