The <glossSurfaceForm> element specifies an unambiguous presentation of the <glossterm> that may combine multiple forms. The surface form is suitable to introduce the term in new contexts.

The <glossSurfaceForm> element is most often used for terms that also specify the <glossAcronym> element. In that case it contains the term in a manner that introduces both the term and the acronym, so that later references to the term may be replaced with the acronym alone. See the <abbreviated-form> element for a full description of how the surface form is used together with acronyms.


Note: These models represent only the default document types distributed by OASIS. Actual content models will differ with each new document type.
Doctype Content model
ditabase, glossary, glossentry, glossgroup ( text data or keyword or apiname or option or parmname or cmdname or msgnum or varname or wintitle or term or abbreviated-form or tm) (any number)

Contained by

Doctype Content model
ditabase, glossary, glossentry, glossgroup glossBody


- topic/p concept/p glossentry/glossSurfaceForm


<glossentry id="abs">
  <glossterm>Anti-lock Braking System</glossterm>
    <glossSurfaceForm>Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)</glossSurfaceForm>

This glossentry topic defines "Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)" provides an unambiguous way to render the primary term "Anti-lock Braking System". The <abbreviated-form> explains how the <glossSurfaceForm> element affects references to this topic.


Name Description Data Type Default Value Required?
univ-atts attribute group (includes select-atts, id-atts, and localization-atts groups) A set of related attributes, described in univ-atts attribute group      
global-atts attribute group (xtrf, xtrc) A set of related attributes, described in global-atts attribute group      
class, outputclass Common attributes described in Other common DITA attributes      

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