itemizedlist — A list in which each entry is marked with a bullet or other dingbat.


itemizedlist ::= [-]


Common attributes and common linking attributes.

Additional attributes:

  • mark (NMTOKEN)
  • spacing (enumeration)
    • “compact”
    • “normal”

Additional Constraints

  • If this element is the root element, it must have a version attribute.


In an itemizedlist, each member of the list is marked with a bullet, dash, or other symbol.

Processing expectations

Formatted as a displayed block.

DocBook specifies neither the initial mark nor the sequence of marks to be used in nested lists. If explicit control is desired, the mark attribute should be used. The values of the mark attribute are expected to be keywords, not representations (numerical character references, entities, etc.) of the actual mark.

DocBook does not specify a set of appropriate keywords.

In order to enforce a standard set of marks at your organization, it may be useful to construct a customization layer that limits the values of the mark attribute to an enumerated list. See Chapter 5, Customizing DocBook.


Common attributes and common linking attributes.


Identifies the type of mark to be used on items in this list


Specifies (a hint about) the spacing of the content

Enumerated values:

The spacing should be "compact".


The spacing should be "normal".


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

<itemizedlist mark='opencircle'>
    <para>TeX and LaTeX
  <listitem override='bullet'>

  • TeX and LaTeX

  • Troff

  • Lout

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