callout — A “called out” description of a marked
A “callout” is a visual device for associating annotations with an image, program listing, or similar figure. Each location is identified with a mark, and the annotation is identified with the same mark. This is somewhat analagous to the notion of footnotes in print.
An example will help illustrate the concept. In the following example, the synopsis for the mv command is annotated with two marks. Note the location of the old and new filenames.
Somewhere else in the document, usually close by, a
CalloutList provides a description for each of the callouts:
The old filename. The mv command renames the file currently called
The new filename. The mv command changes the name of the old file to
Callout contains an annotation for an individual callout or a group of callouts. The
Callout points to the areas that it annotates with ID references. The areas are identified by coordinates in an an
AreaSet, or by an explicit
Formatted as a displayed block.
CallOuts usually generate text that points the reader to the appropriate area on the object being augmented. Often, these are numbered bullets or other distinct visual icons. The same icons should be used in both places. In other words, whatever identifies the callouts on the object should generate the same icons on the respective callouts.
In online environments, it may also be possible to establish a linking relationship between the two elements.
The processing expectations of
Callouts are likely to deserve special consideration for interchange. See Appendix F, Interchanging DocBook Documents. This is especially true if your interchange partners are producing documentation in a medium that has restricted visual presentation features, such as aural media or Braille.
The following elements occur in callout:
AreaRefsmust point to one or more callouts. Callouts can be identified with
AreaSetelements in a
ScreenCOelement or with a simple
COelement in a number of other environments. These callouts identify the portions of the object described by this