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

OASIS DITA Technical Committee

The glossAlt element contains a variant term for the preferred term. The variant should have the same meaning as the term in the glossterm element; the variant is simply another way to refer to the same term. There might be many ways to refer to a term; each variant is placed in its own glossAlt element. The glossUsage element can be used within glossAlt to indicate when use of the alternate term is appropriate.

Note: A list of alternative terms is specific to the language, so the translation of a glossentry topic might result in empty elements within a glossAlt container.

Content models

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


- topic/section concept/section glossentry/glossAlt


See the example in glossentry.


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