DocBook Publishers: The Definitive Guide  (Version 1.2.1 for DocBook 5.1)

firstterm (db.firstterm)

firstterm — The first occurrence of a term.


firstterm (db.firstterm) ::= [-]


Common attributes and common linking attributes.

Additional attributes:

  • baseform

Additional Constraints

  • @linkend on firstterm must point to a glossentry.


This element marks the first occurrence of a word or term in a given context.

Processing expectations

Formatted inline. A firstterm is often given special typographic treatment, such as italics.


Common attributes and common linking attributes.


Specifies the base form of the term, the one that appears in the glossary. This allows adjectival, plural, and other variations of the term to appear in the element. The element content is the default base form.



The following elements occur in firstterm: text, abbrev, acronym, alt, anchor, author, biblioref, citation, citebiblioid, citetitle, coref, date, editor, email, emphasis (db._emphasis), emphasis (db.emphasis), firstterm (db._firstterm), firstterm (db.firstterm), footnote, footnoteref, foreignphrase (db._foreignphrase), foreignphrase (db.foreignphrase), glossterm (db._glossterm), glossterm (db.glossterm), indexterm (db.indexterm.endofrange), indexterm (db.indexterm.singular), indexterm (db.indexterm.startofrange), inlineequation, inlinemediaobject, jobtitle, link, literal, olink, optional, org, orgname, person, personname, phrase (db._phrase), phrase (db.phrase), productname, productnumber, quote (db._quote), quote (db.quote), remark, subscript, superscript, termdef, trademark, uri, wordasword, xref.

See Also

firstterm (db._firstterm), glossterm


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

<para>In an <firstterm>Object Oriented</firstterm> programming language,
data and procedures (called <glossterm>methods</glossterm>) are
bound together.


In an Object Oriented programming language, data and procedures (called methods) are bound together.