DocBook 5.1: The Definitive Guide  (Version 1.5.3 for DocBook 5.1)


property — A unit of data associated with some part of a computer system.


property ::= [-]


The notion of a property is very domain dependent in computer documentation. Some object-oriented systems speak of properties; the components from which GUIs are constructed have properties; and one can speak of properties in very general terms, as in “the properties of a relational database.

You might use property for any of these in your documentation.

Processing expectations

Formatted inline.


The following elements occur in property: text, abbrev, acronym, alt, anchor, annotation, 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, replaceable, subscript, superscript, trademark, wordasword, xref.


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

<para>When Emacs is running under X Windows, the <property>borderWidth</property>
resource controls the width of the external border.


When Emacs is running under X Windows, the borderWidth resource controls the width of the external border.