section — A recursive section


Content Model

section ::=


Common attributes and common linking attributes.

Additional attributes:

  • label
  • status

Additional Constraints

  • The root element must have a version attribute.


Section is one of the top-level sectioning elements in a component. There are three types of sectioning elements in DocBook:

  • Explicitly numbered sections, Sect1Sect5, which must be properly nested and can only be five levels deep.

  • Recursive Sections, which are an alternative to the numbered sections and have unbounded depth.

  • SimpleSects, which are terminal. SimpleSects can occur as the “leaf” sections in either recursive sections or any of the numbered sections, or directly in components.

Sections may be more convenient than numbered sections in some authoring environments because they 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.


Specifies an identifying string for presentation purposes


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


These elements contain section: appendix, article, chapter, partintro, preface, section.

See Also

bridgehead, sect1, sect2, sect3, sect4, sect5, simplesect


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

<para>This <tag>article</tag> uses recursive sections.</para>

<title>Like a Sect1</title>
<subtitle>Or How I Learned to Let Go of Enumeration
and Love to Recurse</subtitle>
<abstract><para>A trivial example of recursive sections.</para>
<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>
<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>
<para>This section would be like a Sect6, if there was one.</para>
<section><title>Would be like a Sect7</title>
<para>This section would be like a Sect7, if there was one.</para>


This article uses recursive sections.


This alpha reference page is $Revision: 1.4 $ published $Date: 2005/10/31 12:31:57 $.