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<label> contains the label associated with an item in a list; in glossaries, marks the term being defined.
Attributes Global attributes and those inherited from lists

Labels are most commonly used for the headwords in glossary lists; note the use of the global lang attribute to set the default language of the glossary list to Middle English, and identify the glosses and headings as modern English or Latin:

<list type="gloss" lang="ME">
<head lang="EN">Vocabulary</head>
<headLabel lang="EN">Middle English</headLabel>
<headItem lang="EN">New English</headItem>
<label>nu</label><item lang="EN">now</item>
<label>lhude</label><item lang="EN">loudly</item>
<label>bloweth</label><item lang="EN">blooms</item>
<label>med</label><item lang="EN">meadow</item>
<label>wude</label><item lang="EN">wood</item>
<label>awe</label><item lang="EN">ewe</item>
<label>lhouth</label><item lang="EN">lows</item>
<label>sterteth</label><item lang="EN">bounds, frisks
 (cf. <cit><ref>Chaucer, K.T.644</ref><q>a courser, 
 <term>sterting</term>as the fyr</q></cit></item>
<label>verteth</label><item lang="LA">pedit</item>
<label>murie</label><item lang="EN">merrily</item>
<label>swik</label><item lang="EN">cease</item>
<label>naver</label><item lang="EN">never</item>


Labels may also be used to record explicitly the numbers or letters which mark list items in ordered lists, as in this extract from Gibbon's Autobiography. In this usage the <label> element is synonymous with the n attribute on the <item> element:

I will add two facts, which have seldom occurred in
the composition of six, or at least of five quartos.
<list rend="runon" type="ordered">
<label>(1)</label><item>My first rough manuscript, without any
intermediate copy, has been sent to the press.</item>
<label>(2) </label><item>Not a sheet has been seen by any human
eyes, excepting those of the author and the printer:
the faults and the merits are exclusively my own.</item>
Labels may also be used for other structured list items, as in this extract from the journal of Edward Gibbon:
<list type="gloss">
   <label>March 1757.</label>
   <item>I wrote some critical observations upon Plautus.</item>
   <label>March 8th.</label>
   <item>I wrote a long dissertation upon some lines of Virgil.</item>
   <item>I saw Mademoiselle Curchod &mdash;
      <q lang="la">Omnia vincit amor, et nos cedamus amori.</q></item>
   <item>I went to Crassy, and staid two days.</item>

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Class lists
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