phrase (db.phrase)

phrase — A span of text.


phrase (db.phrase) ::= [-]


The phrase element in DocBook has no specific semantic. It is provided as a wrapper around a selection of words smaller than a paragraph so that it is possible to provide an xml:id or other attributes for it.

For example, if you are making note of changes to a document using one of the effectivity attributes, you might use phrase to mark up specific sentences with revisions.

Processing expectations

Formatted inline.


These elements contain phrase: biblioentry, bibliomixed, bibliomset, biblioset, bridgehead, citation, citetitle, contrib, db:inlinestagedir, emphasis (db.emphasis), entry, firstterm (db.firstterm), foreignphrase (db.foreignphrase), glosssee, glossseealso, glossterm (db.glossterm), line, link, literallayout, member, olink, orgdiv, para, phrase (db.phrase), primary, quote (db.quote), remark, secondary, see, seealso, simpara, subtitle, term, termdef, tertiary, textobject, title, titleabbrev.


The following elements occur in phrase: text, abbrev, acronym, alt, anchor, author, biblioref, citation, citebiblioid, citetitle, coref, date, db:inlinestagedir, 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.


<para xmlns=''>Effectivity attributes can
be used to keep track of modifications to a document
<phrase revisionflag="deleted">at the word or sentence level</phrase>
<phrase revisionflag="added"> as long as the number and complexity of changes
is not too high</phrase>.

Effectivity attributes can be used to keep track of modifications to a document at the word or sentence level as long as the number and complexity of changes is not too high.

Last revised by Norman Walsh on (git hash: c3457cab689d8fd89ba4252de204cf9a14e40acd 6a501344525f32f9834f0e4a5c3c3f8131803fa4 47fe34b28bad7941a61b9c1c17d47f6eed36cd04)