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Element Name: title
Description: A hierarchical structure of a measure, frequently the top-level hierarchical structure inside the body of the measure, or second only to the division (structure of legislation) level. Titles (structure of legislation) and sections (structure of legislation) are the main building blocks of legislation.

The formatting of a title (structure of legislation) will be according to the rules of the style (such as OLC style or United States Code Style) in effect. The style will control such display issues as the casing, fonts and highlighting used, the margins, and the indentation levels. The style will also control generation of text, for example, the word “Title ” before the enumerator and any punctuation or spacing surrounding or following the enumerator.

Any necessary casing, punctuation, and spacing following the header will also be generated for display or printing. For example, when a title (structure of legislation) follows OLC style, the display or print system will generate a uppercased centered header with no punctuation following.

ote: An appropriations account is generally described by a title (structure of legislation), but in some instances the account (structure of legislation) element should be used, e.g., when several accounts are grouped together within “General Provisions” which is considered the title (structure of legislation).

Note: In these DTDs, a <title> does not refer to a subcaption or heading. The element <title> is a very specific subdivision of a legislative measure. The element header and subheader should be used to describe a headings or subcaptions.
Bills DTD Content Model: ((enum, header?, toc?), section*, ((subtitle | chapter | part)* | (account | subaccount)*)?)
Name: changed
Description: Has this ENTIRE structural element (such as a Section (structure of legislation), Title (structure of legislation), etc.) been added or deleted?
Value(s): added, deleted, not-changed
Default Value: not-changed
Name: id
Description: Unique name for the element so that it can be referenced.
Value(s): ID
Default Value: #REQUIRED
Name: indent
Description: Mechanism permitting an override of the indentation typically used or a way to specify indentation level for a structure. The values are relative (up1 through up7 and down1 through down7) and absolute (the structure level can be specified such as subsection).
Value(s): left-margin, flush-left, subsection, paragraph, subparagraph, clause, subclause, item, subitem, up1, up2, up3, up4, up5, up6, down1, down2, down3, down4, down5, down6
Default Value: #IMPLIED
Name: reporting-committee
Description: For new or deleted textual material, this attribute provides a link to the name of the committee that made a particular insertion or deletion. The committee name is defined in the committee amendment line, which is part of one of the actions associated with the measure. This element links a specific change to that committee name.
Value(s): CDATA
Default Value: #IMPLIED
Name: reporting-committee-number
Description: This attribute represents the change style. For example, if 0, the material is not displayed. If 1, the added material is italic and the deleted material is strike-through. If 2, the added material is bold-italic and the deleted material is bold-strike-through. All of these items have not been defined.
Value(s): CDATA
Default Value: 1
Name: style
Description: Identifier for the style of format to be used for a measure, e.g., Office of Legislative Counsel style, Tax style, “Traditional” style, etc..
Value(s): appropriation, defense, OLC, nuclear, tax, traditional, USC, multiple-resolved-clause, order-of-business, concur-with-amendment, constitutional-amendment, impeachment
Default Value: OLC
Parent Elements:
  • division
  • legis-body
  • quoted-block
  • subdivision