Glossary of Terms

This glossary is a work in progress. It does not include all the terms in AsciiDoc.
attribute reference

an expression for dereferencing the value of a document attribute.

admonition

a callout paragraph or block that has a label or icon indicating its priority.

backend

a moniker for the expected output format; used as a key to select which converter to use; often used interchangeably with the name of a converter (i.e., the "html5" backend").

block attribute

an attribute associated with a delimited block or paragraph; these attributes can affect processing of the block, and are available to block processors, but cannot be referenced using an attribute reference.

built-in attribute

a document attribute that controls processing, integrations, styling, and localization.

converter

a software component that an AsciiDoc processor calls to convert a parsed AsciiDoc document to a given output format; the converter and output format are correlated using a backend identifier.

cross reference

a link from one location in the document to another location marked by an anchor.

document attribute

an attribute associated with the document (node); in other words, an attribute in the global document attributes dictionary; the value of these attributes can be referenced using an attribute reference; if defined in the header, the document attribute is known as a header attribute.

environment attribute

a dynamic document attribute that pertains to, or gives information about, the runtime environment.

header attribute

a document attribute defined in the document header; visible from all nodes in the document; often required for global settings such as the source highlighter or icons mode.

list continuation

a plus sign (+) on a line by itself that connects adjacent lines of text to a list item.

macro

a syntax for representing non-text elements or that expands into text using the provided metadata.

macro attribute

an attribute associated with a block or inline macro; these attributes can affect processing of the macro, and are available to macro processors, but cannot be referenced using an attribute reference.

predefined attribute

a document attribute defined for convenience; often used for inserting special content characters.

quoted text

text which is enclosed in special punctuation to give it emphasis or special meaning.

user-defined attribute

a document attribute defined by the content author; used for storing reusable content, and controlling conditional inclusion.