emphasis — Emphasized text.


emphasis ::=


Common attributes and common linking attributes.


An emphasis element indicates that certain text should be stressed in some way. This pattern defines the emphasis element with a very limited content model.

Processing expectations

Formatted inline. Emphasized text is traditionally presented in italics or boldface. A role attribute of bold or strong is often used to generate boldface, if italics is the default presentation.

An emphasis is often used wherever its typographic presentation is desired, even when other markup might theoretically be more appropriate.


These elements contain emphasis: caption (db.html.caption), citetitle, emphasis, entry, link, literallayout, para, phrase (db.phrase), programlisting, quote, subtitle, td, term, th, title, titleabbrev.


The following elements occur in emphasis: text, abbrev, acronym, author, citetitle, command, computeroutput, editor, email, emphasis, filename, footnote, footnoteref, inlinemediaobject, link, literal, option, orgname, personname, phrase (db.phrase), quote, replaceable, subscript, superscript, systemitem, trademark, userinput, xref.

See Also

Related elements: abbrev, acronym, phrase, quote.


1 |<article xmlns='http://docbook.org/ns/docbook'>
  |<title>Example emphasis</title>
  |<para>The <emphasis>most</emphasis> important example of this
5 |phenomenon occurs in A. Nonymous's book
  |<citetitle>Power Snacking</citetitle>.

The most important example of this phenomenon occurs in A. Nonymous's book Power Snacking.