Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) Version 1.3 Part 1: Base Edition

OASIS DITA Technical Committee

The index-base element allows indexing extensions to be added by specializing this element.

The index-base element can only exist as a child of an indexterm element. This characteristic makes it the appropriate element to specialize to add indexing extensions. For example, the index-see, index-see-also, and index-sort-as elements only make sense as children of indexterm and so are specializations of index-base. Those elements are all part of the indexing domain.

On its own, index-base has no meaning. Processors should ignore this element and its content if encountered in its unspecialized form.

Content models

See appendix for information about this element in OASIS document type shells.


- topic/index-base


The index-see-also element is specialized from index-base; see index-see-also for an example of how index-base can be used with specialization.


The following attributes are available on this element: Universal attribute group and keyref.