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

OASIS DITA Technical Committee

The glossAlternateFor element indicates when a variant term has a relationship to another variant term in addition to the preferred term.

The glossAlternateFor element is available inside the glossAlt element, which is a container that provides a variant for the primary glossentry term. In some cases, the variant might also be an alternate for another term. In the example below, the abbreviation "stick" is a variant of the primary term (USB flash drive). The glossAlternateFor element indicates that "stick" is also a variant of the synonym "memory stick".

Content models

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


- topic/xref concept/xref glossentry/glossAlternateFor


See the example in glossentry.


The following attributes are available on this element: Universal attribute group, Link relationship attribute group (with a narrowed definition of href, given below), keyref, and outputclass.
References a term for which the current variant is an alternate (in addition to the primary term of this glossentry topic). The reference will often be to another glossAlt element within the same glossentry topic, indicating that the current variant is an alternate for both the primary term and the referenced alternate term. See The href attribute for details on syntax.