section — A recursive section.


section ::=


Common attributes and common linking attributes.

Additional attributes:

  • At most one of:
    • class (enumeration)
      • “legal”
    • All or none of:
      • class (enumeration)
        • “other”
      • otherclass (NMTOKEN)
  • label
  • status


A section is the top-level sectioning elements in a component.

The section element may be more convenient than numbered sections in some authoring environments because instances can be moved around in the document hierarchy without renaming.

None of the sectioning elements is allowed to float in a component. You can place paragraphs and other block elements before a section, but you cannot place anything after it.

Processing expectations

Formatted as a displayed block. Sometimes sections are numbered.

Use of deeply nested sections may cause problems in some processing systems.


Common attributes and common linking attributes.


Identifies the nature of the section


Specifies an identifying string for presentation purposes


Identifies a non-standard section class


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


These elements contain section: section.


The following elements occur in section: bibliography, blockquote, epigraph, example, figure, info (, info (, informaltable (db.cals.informaltable), informaltable (db.html.informaltable), itemizedlist, literallayout, mediaobject, note, orderedlist, para, programlisting, revhistory, section, sidebar, speakernotes, subtitle, table (db.cals.table), table (db.html.table), title, titleabbrev, variablelist.


 1 |<article xmlns=''>
   |<title>Example section</title>
   |<para>This <tag>article</tag> uses recursive sections.</para>
 5 | 
   |  <title>Like a Sect1</title>
   |  <subtitle>Or How I Learned to Let Go of Enumeration
   |            and Love to Recurse</subtitle>
10 |  <info>
   |    <abstract>
   |      <para>A trivial example of recursive sections.</para>
   |    </abstract>
   |  </info>
15 |  <para>This section is like a Sect1.</para>
   |  <section><title>Like a Sect2</title>
   |    <para>This section is like a Sect2.</para>
   |    <section><title>Like a Sect3</title>
   |      <para>This section is like a Sect3.</para>
20 |      <section><title>Like a Sect4</title>
   |        <para>This section is like a Sect4.</para>
   |        <section><title>Like a Sect5</title>
   |          <para>This section is like a Sect5.</para>
   |          <section><title>Would be like a Sect6</title>
25 |            <para>This section would be like a Sect6,
   |                  if there were one.</para>
   |            <section><title>Would be like a Sect7</title>
   |              <para>This section would be like a Sect7,
   |                    if there was one.</para>
30 |            </section>
   |          </section>
   |        </section>
   |      </section>
   |    </section>
35 |  </section>