THDL Toolbox > Places & Geography > THDL Gazetteer > Gazetteer DTD Decoded For Dummies > Feature Element
<!ELEMENT feature (fheader?, fname+, fdesc?, place+, time*, (frel*|frelgrp*))> <!ATTLIST feature id ID #REQUIRED>
A feature = a single record for a single place.
This is the top level element in the description of each feature in the Gazetteer - it is that which marks an entry in the Gazetteer. Features are given id numbers and a correspondingly named xml file, e.g. f1.xml is the feature file for the feature f1, which happens to be the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Thus each feature in the Gazeteer is a single, separate XML file.
A feature may have multiple locations (place) and names (fname) over time. %a.common is expanded here in order to make id REQUIRED. Adding time here would allow encoding of the temporal range of the feature's existence. Adding bibliography here would enable the inclusion of bibliographic references pertinent to this feature.
The "id" attribute is the number that corresponds to the particular place.