Prefix Word (For a List Item)


Holds a word such as “Step” or “Procedure” that is to be added to the beginning of each item of a list


Display Note: Any such prefix word is in addition to (not instead of) any prefix characters, such as numbers or bullets, and typically, the word precedes the prefix character. For example, a list type of “order” and a prefix word of “Step” would produce: “Step1. aaaa”, “Step2. bbbb”, “Step3. cccc”, etc. Note that typically, no white space follows the inserted word, i.e., “Step” rather than “Step ”.

The odd man out is the bulleted (unordered) list (type “bullet”), which is the only case in which the prefix character would precede the prefix word, for example, “• Step”, “• Step”, “• Step”, etc., but the combination of a prefix word and a bullet is rarely sensible.

Attribute Values

In Elements

<def-list> Definition List
<list> List
Value Meaning
Text, numbers, or special characters The prefix word to be used for the list; for example, the word “Step” might be used to display a list numbered “Step1.”, “Step2.”, “Step3.”, etc.
Restriction: This attribute may be specified if the element is used.