setindex — An index to a set of books.


setindex ::=


Common attributes and common linking attributes.

Additional attributes:

  • label
  • status
  • type

Additional Constraints

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


A setindex contains the formatted index of a complete set of books. An index may begin with introductory material, followed by any number of indexentrys or indexdivs.

Processing expectations

Formatted as a displayed block. An index in a set usually causes a forced page break in print media.

In many processing systems, indexes are generated automatically or semiautomatically and never appear instantiated as DocBook markup.


Common attributes and common linking attributes.

any attribute

Any attribute in any other explicit namespace


Specifies an identifying string for presentation purposes


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


Specifies the target index for this term


These elements contain setindex: set.


The following elements occur in setindex: address, anchor, annotation, bibliolist, blockquote, bridgehead, calloutlist, caution, classsynopsis, cmdsynopsis, constraintdef, constructorsynopsis, danger, destructorsynopsis, enumsynopsis, epigraph, equation, example, fieldsynopsis, figure, formalgroup, formalpara, funcsynopsis, glosslist, important, indexdiv, indexentry, indexterm (db.indexterm.endofrange), indexterm (db.indexterm.singular), indexterm (db.indexterm.startofrange), info (, info (, informalequation, informalexample, informalfigure, informaltable (db.cals.informaltable), informaltable (db.html.informaltable), itemizedlist, literallayout, macrosynopsis, mediaobject, methodsynopsis, msgset, note, orderedlist, packagesynopsis, para, procedure, productionset, programlisting, programlistingco, qandaset, remark, revhistory, screen, screenco, screenshot, segmentedlist, sidebar, simpara, simplelist, subtitle, synopsis, table (db.cals.table), table (db.html.table), task, tip, title, titleabbrev, typedefsynopsis, unionsynopsis, variablelist, warning.