Getting Started

The Element Structure Menu

The Element Structure menu gives you the control you need over the elements in the topic.

It also shows you where you are in the structure. For example: section > figure > mediaobject > caption means your cursor is currently in a caption element, which is inside a mediaobject, which is inside a figure, which is inside a section.


Depending on where your cursor is, it will present a number of actions you can perform on the content (the "elements") in your topic.

Menu Command


Go to element

As the command says, this will move your cursor to the element you select in the Element Structure menu. This gives you great control over the underlying element structure.

Move element up

Moves an element up in the topic structure, on the same level as the element selected. For instance a para element inside a section will be moved up above a para element at the same level in the section, but it cannot move it into a sub section (i.e on another nesting level).

Move element down

Same functionality, but moving the element down in the structure.

Generate ID

Generates a unique and persistent id for the selected element.


Some elements will generate unique and persistent ids by default. You can select which ones, and add more in the Editor settings.

Lock content

Locking content for further editing. This is very useful if you have written something that you know should not change. For example if you have content that could be reused as a text fragment, you might want to protect it from further editing.

Disable element translation

This is useful if you have content you know should not be translated. Such content will then be marked as untranslatable when you create a translation package for your translation provider.



Reuse and history of a text element:

  • Show history: Shows the revision history of a single text element.

  • Usage information: Shows where the text element is reused (if the Reuse text feature has been used).

  • Compare translations: View the text element in different languages (if applicable).


Copies the element you select with great precision. This should always be preferred to just copying by selecting directly in the editor, which is prone to mistakes. Remember that this is "structured authoring", and the document structure should be carefully controlled to give you the power of structured authoring.


Cuts out exactly the element that you select. If you place the cursor somewhere else in a valid location for this element you get the option in the Structure Element menu to insert it.

Paste before/after, Insert/Insert as reuse

Different ways of pasting elements, as reuse text or not, depending on your choice and the context.


This allows you to precisely delete exactly what you want, and the editor will highlight and show text in red for the content you will delete.

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