Options Attribute

The options attribute (often abbreviated as opts) is a versatile named attribute that can be assigned one or more values. It can be defined globally as document attribute as well as a block attribute on an individual block.

Assign options to blocks

You can assign one or more options to a block using the shorthand or formal syntax for the options attribute.

Shorthand options syntax for blocks

To assign an option to a block, prefix the value with a percent sign (%) in an attribute list. The percent sign implicitly sets the options attribute.

Example 1. Sidebar block with an option assigned using the shorthand dot
[%option]
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This is a sidebar with an option assigned to it, named option.
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You can assign multiple options to a block by prefixing each value with a percent sign (%).

Example 2. Sidebar with two options assigned using the shorthand dot
[%option1%option2]
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This is a sidebar with two options assigned to it, named option1 and option2.
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For instance, consider a table with the three built-in option values, header, footer, and autowidth, assigned to it. Example 3 shows how the values are assigned using the shorthand notation.

Example 3. Table with three options assigned using the shorthand syntax
[%header%footer%autowidth,cols=2*~]
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|Cell A1 |Cell B1

|Cell A2 |Cell B2

|Cell A3 |Cell B3
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Formal options syntax for blocks

Explicitly set options or opts, followed by the equals sign (=), and then the value in an attribute list.

Example 4. Sidebar block with an option assigned using the formal syntax
[opts=option]
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This is a sidebar with an option assigned to it, named option.
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Separate multiple option values with commas (,).

Example 5. Sidebar with three options assigned using the formal syntax
[opts="option1,option2"]
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This is a sidebar with two options assigned to it, option1 and option2.
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Let’s revisit the table in Example 3 that has the three built-in option values, header, footer, and autowidth, assigned to it using the shorthand notation (%). Instead of using the shorthand notation, Example 6 shows how the values are assigned using the formal syntax.

Example 6. Table with three options assigned using the formal syntax
[cols=2*~,opts="header,footer,autowidth"]
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|Cell A1 |Cell B1

|Cell A2 |Cell B2

|Cell A3 |Cell B3
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Using options with other attributes

Let’s consider options when combined with other attributes. The following example shows how to structure an attribute list when you have style, role, and options attributes.

Example 7. Shorthand
[horizontal.properties%step] (1) (2) (3)
property 1:: does stuff
property 2:: does different stuff
1 The block style attribute, declared as horizontal in this example, is a positional attribute. A block style value is always placed at the start of the attribute list.
2 properties is prefixed with a dot (.), signifying that it’s assigned to the role attribute. The role and options attributes can be set in either order, i.e., [horizontal%step.properties].
3 The percent sign (%) sets the options attribute and assigns the step value to it.

When you use the formal syntax, the positional and named attributes are separated by commas (,).

Example 8. Formal
[horizontal,role=properties,opts=step] (1)
property 1:: does stuff
property 2:: does different stuff
1 Like in the shorthand example, named attributes such as role and options can be set in any order in the attribute list once any positional attributes are set.