## literallayout

literallayout — A block of text in which line breaks and white space are to be reproduced faithfully.

## Synopsis

literallayout ::=

• Sequence of:

## Attributes

• class (enumeration)
• “monospaced”
• “normal”
• All of:
• continuation (enumeration)
• “continues”
• “restarts”
• linenumbering (enumeration)
• “numbered”
• “unnumbered”
• startinglinenumber (integer)
• xml:space (enumeration)
• “preserve”
• language

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

## Description

A `literallayout` is a verbatim environment. Unlike the other verbatim environments, it does not have strong semantic overtones and may not imply a font change.

### Processing expectations

This element is displayed “verbatim”; whitespace and line breaks within this element are significant.

Unlike `programlisting` and `screen`, which usually imply a font change, `literallayout` does not. How spaces are to be represented faithfully in a proportional font is not addressed by DocBook.

The `class` attribute gives users control over the font used in `literallayout`s. If the `class` attribute is specified and its value is `monospaced`, then the `literallayout` will be presented in a monospaced font, probably the same one used for other verbatim environments. The default value for `class` is `normal`, meaning that no font change will occur.

### Attributes

class

Specifies the class of literal layout

continuation

Determines whether line numbering continues from the previous element or restarts.

language

Identifies the language (i.e. programming language) of the verbatim content.

linenumbering

Determines whether lines are numbered.

startinglinenumber

Specifies the initial line number.

xml:space

Can be used to indicate explicitly that whitespace in the verbatim environment is preserved. Whitespace must always be preserved in verbatim environments whether this attribute is specified or not.

### Children

The following elements occur in `literallayout`: .

## Examples

```1`<article xmlns='http://docbook.org/ns/docbook'>`
`<title>Example literallayout</title>`
` `
`<blockquote>`
5`<attribution>William Shakespeare, <citetitle>Henry V</citetitle></attribution>`
`<literallayout>  O, for a muse of fire, that would ascend`
`The brightest heaven of invention!`
`A kingdom for a stage, princes to act,`
`And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!</literallayout>`
10`</blockquote>`
` `
`</article>`
```
```  O, for a muse of fire, that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention!
A kingdom for a stage, princes to act,
And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!```
William Shakespeare, Henry V