|attribute name||possible values||meaning|
|COMPACT||COMPACT||more compact style of rendering|
In practice, browsers often ignore the COMPACT attribute or implement it deficiently. The attribute is deprecated in HTML 4.0.
Normally you have pairs of DT and DD elements, specifying a term and its definition, of course. Multiple DT elements may be paired with a single DD element; this means that several terms share the same definition.
According to the HTML 2.0 specification, a document should not contain multiple consecutive DD elements, although this is not enforced in the formal syntax. On the other hand, there is no such statement in the HTML 3.2 specification, and it has been argued that a term might well have several (alternative) definitions.
<DL> <DT>Recursion, indirect <DD>See <I>indirect recursion</I>. <DT>Indirect recursion <DD>See <I>recursion, indirect</I>. </DL>
<dl> <dt><span class="dt">term</span></dt> <dd>a word or expression that has a precise meaning in some uses or is peculiar to a science, art, profession, or subject (source: <cite><a href="http://www.m-w.com/">WWWebster</a></cite>)</dd> </dl>See also: Examples of various list elements in HTML.
Browsers typically present a DL element in a form which is not suitable for presenting lists of short definitions, even if you use the COMPACT attribute.
You can use a TABLE element instead of a DL element (but remember that not all browsers support tables). See general notes about list elements.