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DOSBook Formatting Tags

Tag NameDescription
Head1This is the major header tag and is used for chapter titles.
Head2This is the mid-level header tag used for section headings.
Head3This is the next level header used for subsection headings.
Head3AThis is the same as Head3 but indents the paragraph further in the table of contents.
Head4, Head5These are used for lower level headings, for example, example headings.
Body TextThis is the default tag for any paragraph which is not otherwise tagged.
Fixed TextThis tag is used for paragraphs which should not be formatted by the DOSBook display program. Its primary use is for computer input/output messages.
BulletWhen points are being listed, it is useful to place a bullet at the start of each block of text and have the text indented. This tag is used for that purpose. Text is indented after the bullet in the same way as the Indent tag.
IndentIndents text from the left without a bullet.
Pre-IndentOutdents text to the left. The compiler expects an Indent tag to follow a Pre-Indent.
Table HeaderProvides a heading for tables which have titles.
Table DescProvides a subsidiary header for a table, with head text above each column. This tag separates text which contains a Tab into two parts, one over each column in a table.
Table ItemUse this tag for text in a table, and separate columns of text using the tabs if necessary.
PromptSome fixed text has a special format: a specific drive letter followed by a command. The two tags Prompt and Command allow for this. Text in a prompt paragraph is not terminated by a new line and the compiler expects a Command paragraph to follow it.
CommandFormats text in a command, indenting it to the left.
New PageForces a new page. No text should be present in such a paragraph. These are ignored by the DOSBook display program but allow the user to split text between pages to make the text easier to read.
Line UnderThis tag results in a line being drawn across the width of the screen. There should not be any text associated with this tag. Use this tag after the last line of text in a table, for example.


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