simplesect — A section of a document with no subdivisions.



Common attributes and common linking attributes.

Additional attributes:

  • label
  • status


A simplesect 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 alternatives to the numbered sections and have unbounded depth.

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

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.

The important semantic distinction of simplesect elements is that they never appear in the table of contents.

Processing expectations

Formatted as a displayed block. A simplesect element never appears in the table of contents.


Common attributes and common linking attributes.


Specifies an identifying string for presentation purposes


Identifies the editorial or publication status of the element on which it occurs

Parents [+]

This element occurs in 12 elements.

Children [+]

This element contains 64 elements.


  1 <article xmlns=''>
  2 <title>Example simplesect</title>
  4 <section><title>Additional Coding</title>
  6 <para>Support for the additional features requested will be provided.
    <simplesect><title>Estimated Time</title>
    <para>2 to 3 weeks.
 12 </para>
 14 </simplesect>
Last revised by Norman Walsh on 16 Jun 2011 (git hash: 7cf44d0f3aa4244c54913b42ac9cc634bd9b7fc9)