Use the glossentry topic type to define glossary terms. Each glossentry
topic should define a single sense of a term. The current OASIS glossentry
type is an initial implementation intended to support minimal
terminology information; more terminology management capabilities may be added
in future releases.
The <glossentry> element defines a single sense of a glossary term. The expected book processing is to sort and group the glossary entries based on the localized term so a back-of-the-book glossary can contain a collated list of terms with the definitions of the senses of the terms indented under the terms. The glossary can have a different organization in different languages depending on the translation of the terms. One possible online processing is to associate a hotspot for mentions of terms in <term> elements and display the definition on hover or click. Glossary entries for different term senses can be reused independently of one another.
The <glossdef> element specifies the definition of one sense of a term. If a term has multiple senses, create a separate <glossentry> topic to define each sense.
The <glossterm> element specifies the preferred term associated with a definition of a sense. If the same term has multiple senses, create a separate <glossentry> topic for each sense.
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