literal — Inline text that is some literal value.


literal ::= [-]


A literal is some specific piece of data, taken literally, from a computer system. The sorts of things that constitute literals vary by domain.

Processing expectations

Formatted inline. A literal is frequently distinguished typographically and literal is often used wherever that typographic presentation is desired.


These elements contain literal: bridgehead, citation, citetitle, emphasis (db.emphasis), entry, firstterm (db.firstterm), glosssee, glossseealso, glossterm (db.glossterm), line, link, literallayout, member, olink, orgdiv, para, phrase (db.phrase), primary, quote (db.quote), remark, secondary, see, seealso, simpara, subtitle, term, termdef, tertiary, title, titleabbrev.


The following elements occur in literal: text, abbrev, acronym, alt, anchor, biblioref, coref, date, emphasis (db._emphasis), firstterm (db._firstterm), footnote, footnoteref, foreignphrase (db._foreignphrase), glossterm (db._glossterm), indexterm (db.indexterm.endofrange), indexterm (db.indexterm.singular), indexterm (db.indexterm.startofrange), inlinemediaobject, link, olink, phrase (db._phrase), quote (db._quote), remark, subscript, superscript, trademark, wordasword, xref.

See Also

command, computeroutput, constant, markup, option, optional, parameter, prompt, replaceable, tag, userinput, varname


<article xmlns=''>
<title>Example literal</title>

<para>There are several undocumented settings for <varname>debug</varname>,
among them <literal>3.27</literal> to enable a complete trace and
<literal>3.8</literal> to debug the spell checker. For a complete
list of the possible settings,
see <filename class="headerfile">edit/debug.h</filename>.</para>


There are several undocumented settings for debug, among them 3.27 to enable a complete trace and 3.8 to debug the spell checker. For a complete list of the possible settings, see edit/debug.h.

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