Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) Version 1.3 Part 2: Technical Content Edition

Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) Version 1.3 Part 2: Technical Content Edition
OASIS DITA Technical Committee

The bodydiv element is used to contain informal blocks of information within the body of a topic. The bodydiv element is specifically designed to be a grouping element, without any explicit semantics, other than to organize subsets of content into logical groups that are not intended or should not be contained as a topic. As such, it does not contain an explicit title to avoid enabling the creation of deeply nested content that would otherwise be written as separate topics. For content that requires a title, use a section element or a nested topic.

The bodydiv element can nest itself, which means that it can be used as a specialization base to create structured information within a body. Another common use case for the bodydiv element is to group a sequence of related elements for reuse, so that another topic can reference the entire set with a single conref attribute.

Because the bodydiv element allows section, it cannot be used within section elements. Use the div element to group content that might occur in both topic bodies and sections.

Content models

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


- topic/bodydiv


<topic id="sample" xml:lang="en">
 <title>Sample for bodydiv</title>
  <bodydiv id="div">
   <p>This set of information is reusable as a group.</p>
   <p>Lists of three contain three items.</p>
    <li>This is one item.</li>
    <li>This is another item.</li>
    <li>This is the third item.</li>
  <p>This concludes my topic.</p>


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