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$Date: 2002-06-12 07:19:37 -0400 (Wed, 12 Jun 2002) $

section — A recursive section


Content Model

section ::=


Common attributes





Parameter Entities

The following parameter entities contain section:

Parameter Entities


Section is one of the top-level sectioning elements in a component. There are three types of sectioning elements in DocBook:

  • Explicitly numbered sections, Sect1Sect5, which must be properly nested and can only be five levels deep.

  • Recursive Sections, which are an alternative to the numbered sections and have unbounded depth.

  • SimpleSects, which are terminal. SimpleSects can occur as the “leaf” sections in either recursive sections or any of the numbered sections, or directly in components.

Sections may be more convenient than numbered sections in some authoring environments because they can be moved around in the document hierarchy without renaming.

None of the sectioning elements is allowed to “float” in a component. You can place paragraphs and other block elements before a section, but you cannot place anything after it.

Processing expectations

Formatted as a displayed block. Sometimes sections are numbered.

Use of deeply nested Sections may cause problems in some processing systems.


These elements contain section: appendix, article, chapter, partintro, preface, section.



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.


Status identifies the editorial or publication status of the Section.

Publication status might be used to control formatting (for example, printing a “draft” watermark on drafts) or processing (perhaps a document with a status of “final” should not include any components that are not final).

See Also

bridgehead, sect1, sect2, sect3, sect4, sect5, simplesect.


<!DOCTYPE chapter PUBLIC "-//OASIS//DTD DocBook XML V4.1.2//EN"
<chapter><title>Test Chapter</title>
<para>This chapter uses recursive sections.</para>
<abstract><para>A trivial example of recursive sections.</para>
<title>Like a Sect1</title>
<subtitle>Or How I Learned to Let Go of Enumeration
and Love to Recurse</subtitle>
<para>This section is like a Sect1.</para>
<section><title>Like a Sect2</title>
<para>This section is like a Sect2.</para>
<section><title>Like a Sect3</title>
<para>This section is like a Sect3.</para>
<section><title>Like a Sect4</title>
<para>This section is like a Sect4.</para>
<section><title>Like a Sect5</title>
<para>This section is like a Sect5.</para>
<section><title>Would be like a Sect6</title>
<para>This section would be like a Sect6, if there was one.</para>
<section><title>Would be like a Sect7</title>
<para>This section would be like a Sect7, if there was one.</para>

For additional examples, see also html-form.