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


property ::=


Common attributes and common linking attributes.

No additional attributes.


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.


Common attributes and common linking attributes.

any attribute

Any attribute in any other explicit namespace


These elements contain property: bridgehead, caption (db.html.caption), citation, citetitle, classsynopsisinfo, computeroutput, contrib, emphasis (db.emphasis), entry, enumitemdescription, firstterm (db.firstterm), funcsynopsisinfo, glosssee, glossseealso, glossterm (db.glossterm), link, literallayout, member, meta (db.meta.content), olink, orgdiv, para, phrase (db.phrase), primary, primaryie, programlisting, quote (db.quote), refdescriptor, refentrytitle, refname, refpurpose, remark, screen, secondary, secondaryie, see, seealso, seealsoie, seeie, seg, segtitle, simpara, subtitle, synopsis, synopsisinfo, td, term, termdef, tertiary, tertiaryie, th, title, titleabbrev, tocentry, userinput.


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.

See Also

Related elements: classname, symbol, token, type.


1 |<article xmlns=''>
  |<title>Example property</title>
  |<para>When Emacs is running under X Windows, the <property>borderWidth</property>
5 |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.