The <glossUsage> element provides information about the correct use of a term, such as where or how it can be used.


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Doctype Content model
ditabase, glossary, glossentry, glossgroup ( text data or dl or parml or fig or syntaxdiagram or imagemap or image or lines or lq or object or ol or p or pre or codeblock or msgblock or screen or simpletable or sl or table or ul or boolean or cite or keyword or apiname or option or parmname or cmdname or msgnum or varname or wintitle or ph or b or i or sup or sub or tt or u or codeph or synph or filepath or msgph or systemoutput or userinput or menucascade or uicontrol or q or term or abbreviated-form or tm or xref or state or data or data-about or foreign or unknown or draft-comment or fn or indextermref or indexterm or required-cleanup) (any number)

Contained by

Doctype Content model
ditabase, glossary, glossentry, glossgroup glossBody, glossAlt


- topic/note concept/note glossentry/glossUsage


Figure 1. The glossary term "USB flash drive" with additional information
<glossentry id="usbfd">
  <glossterm>USB flash drive</glossterm>
  <glossdef>A small portable drive.</glossdef>
    <glossPartOfSpeech value="noun"/>
    <glossUsage>Do not provide in upper case (as in "USB Flash
Drive") because that suggests a trademark.</glossUsage>
      <glossUsage>Explain the acronym on first occurrence.</glossUsage>
    <glossAlt id="memoryStick">
      <glossSynonym>memory stick</glossSynonym>
      <glossUsage>This is a colloquial term.</glossUsage>
      <glossStatus value="prohibited"/>
      <glossUsage>This is too colloquial.</glossUsage>
      <glossAlternateFor href="#usbfd/memoryStick"/>
      <glossStatus value="prohibited"/>
      <glossUsage>This short form is ambiguous.</glossUsage>


Name Description Data Type Default Value Required?
type Defines the type of a note. For example, if the note is a tip, the word Tip is used to draw the reader's attention to it. Note that this differs from the type attribute on many other DITA elements. See The type attribute for detailed information on supported values and processing implications. (note | tip | fastpath | restriction | important | remember | attention | caution | notice | danger | warning | other | -dita-use-​conref-​target)   No
othertype Indicates an alternate note type, when the type is not available in the type attribute value list. This value is used as the user-provided note title when the type attribute value is set to "other." CDATA #IMPLIED No
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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