Definition List: Definition Item

Container element for one term/definition pair in a definition list.


The <def-list> element should not be used to tag the formal terms and definitions provided in section 3 of many International Standards, or corresponding terms and definitions clauses in other documents. Such terms and definitions sections should be marked up using <term-sec> and the individual definitions should normally be marked up using <tbx:termEntry>.

See the separate documentation for a full description of the use of <tbx:termEntry>.


id Identifier
specific-use Specific Use
xml:lang Language

Related Elements

A <def-list> may have a <title> naming the entire list, followed by optional headings for terms and their definitions. <term-head> contains the heading over the first (term) column, and <def-head> contains the heading for the second (definition) column; neither serves as a container element for terms or definitions. Individual <term>s and their <def>s are paired in <def-item>s.

Model Description

The following, in order:

This element may be contained in:



      <title>Univariate symbols</title>
      <p>The symbols used when there is only one quality
        characteristic in the class are as follows.</p>
      <def-list list-type="symbol-list">
            <p>factor that relates the maximum sample standard
              deviation (<abbrev>MSSD</abbrev>) to the difference between
              <italic>U</italic> and <italic>L</italic>
              (<xref rid="anx-d">see Annex D</xref>)</p>