The <bodydiv> element is used to contain informal blocks of information within the body of a topic. The <bodydiv> element is specifically designed to be a grouping element, without any explicit semantics, other than to organize subsets of content into logical groups that are not intended or should not be contained as a topic. As such, it does not contain an explicit title to avoid enabling the creation of deeply nested content that would otherwise be written as separate topics. For content that requires a title, use a <section> element or a nested topic.

The <bodydiv> element can nest itself, which means that it can be used as a specialization base to create structured information within a body. Another common use case for the <bodydiv> element is to group a sequence of related elements for reuse, so that another topic can reference the entire set with a single @conref attribute.

Because the <bodydiv> element allows <section>, it cannot be used within <section> elements. Use the <div> element to group content that might occur in both topic bodies and sections.

Content models

See appendix for information about this element in OASIS document type shells.


- topic/bodydiv


<topic id="sample" xml:lang="en">
 <title>Sample for bodydiv</title>
  <bodydiv id="div">
   <p>This set of information is reusable as a group.</p>
   <p>Lists of three contain three items.</p>
    <li>This is one item.</li>
    <li>This is another item.</li>
    <li>This is the third item.</li>
  <p>This concludes my topic.</p>


The following attributes are available on this element: Universal attribute group and outputclass.

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