The <keywords> element contains a list of terms from a controlled or uncontrolled subject vocabulary that applies to the topic or map. The keywords can be used by a search engine. The keywords are marked up using the <indexterm> and/or <keyword> elements.

All <keyword> and/or <indexterm> elements in the <keywords> element are considered part of the topic's metadata and should be reflected in the output as appropriate for the output medium.


While the <keyword> element can be used inline, the <keywords> element is not an inline element. The <keywords> element only appears in the <topicmeta> or <prolog>, and is used to specify keywords that apply to the topic.

Content models

See appendix for information about this element in OASIS document type shells.


- topic/keywords


The following example is metadata from an installation task:



The following attributes are available on this element: Universal attribute group.

Was this helpful?