A list composed of a set of term/description pairs; a glossary or “definition list”.
The following, in order:
... <para>Information processing, especially text markup, was primitive in the colony. For example, most text stores were in XML! Documents may have looked like this: <programlisting> <teiHeader> <fileDesc> <titleStmt> <title>Farming in the New World</title> ... </titleStmt> </fileDesc> </teiHeader> </programlisting> Notice the paired Tags: <code><title></code> and <code></title></code> and the primitive use of indenting. Unusual features of the colonists data processing practices included: <variablelist> <varlistentry> <term>Tags</term> <listitem><para>Meaningful descriptions of the information enclosed by the markers</para></listitem> </varlistentry> <varlistentry> <term>Balance</term> <listitem><para>All markup is both opened and closed (or explicitely empty)</para></listitem> </varlistentry> </variablelist> </para> ...