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wordasword — A word meant specifically as a word and not representing anything else


Mixed Content Model

wordasword ::=


Common attributes


A lot of technical documentation contains words that have overloaded meanings. Sometimes it is useful to be able to use a word without invoking its technical meaning. The WordAsWord element identifies a word or phrase that might otherwise be interpreted in some specific way, and asserts that it should be interpreted simply as a word.

It is unlikely that the presentation of this element will be able to help readers understand the variation in meaning; good writing will have to achieve that goal. The real value of WordAsWord lies in the fact that full-text searching and indexing tools can use it to avoid false-positives.

Processing expectations

Formatted inline.


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A <wordasword>Term</wordasword> in Algebra has a very different meaning
than a <sgmltag>Term</sgmltag> in DocBook.

A Term in Algebra has a very different meaning than a Term in DocBook.