ManVolNum -- A reference volume number


Mixed Content Model

ManVolNum ::=


Common attributes

Tag Minimization

The start-tag is required for this element. The end-tag is optional, if your SGML declaration allows minimization.


In a DocBook reference page, the ManVolNum holds the number of the volume in which the RefEntry belongs.

The notion of a volume number is historical. UNIX manual pages ("man pages"), for which RefEntry was devised, were typically stored in three ring binders. Each bound manual was a volume in a set and contained information about a particular class of things. For example, volume 1 was for user commands, and volume 8 was for administrator commands.

Volume numbers need not be strictly numerical; volume "l" frequently held manual pages for local additions to the system, and the X Window System manual pages had an "x" in the volume number: for example, 1x.

Processing expectations

The content of ManVolNum is usually printed in parentheses after the element title or citation.


These elements contain ManVolNum: CiteRefEntry, RefMeta.


The following elements occur in ManVolNum: Acronym, Anchor, Comment, Emphasis, IndexTerm, InlineGraphic, InlineMediaObject, Link, OLink, Subscript, Superscript, Trademark, ULink.

In some contexts, the following elements are allowed anywhere: BeginPage, IndexTerm.

In some contexts, the following elements are excluded: Acronym, IndexTerm.


<!DOCTYPE para PUBLIC "-//OASIS//DTD DocBook V3.1//EN">
For a further description of print formats, consult the
<manvolnum>3S</manvolnum></citerefentry> manual page.

For a further description of print formats, consult the printf(3S) manual page.

For additional examples, see also CiteRefEntry.

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