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## Idea

In type theory, a display map [Tayloer 1983-7, §4.3.2] is a morphism $p\colon B\to A$ in a category which represents a dependent type under categorical semantics of dependent type theory.

That is, $B$ represents (interprets) a type dependent on a variable of type $A$, usually written syntactically as $x\colon A \vdash B(x)\colon Type$. The intended intuition is that $B(x)$ is the fiber of the map $p$ over $x\colon A$.

More specifically, the syntactic category of a type theory is naturally equipped with a class of maps called “display maps” which come from its type dependencies, while models for such a theory can be studied in any other category equipped with a suitable class of maps called “display maps.” By the usual adjunction, such models are then equivalent to functors out of the syntactic category which preserve the relevant structure, including the display maps.

Since the most common dependent type theories include dependent product types, and any display map in a category that represents semantics for such a theory must be exponentiable, the term display map is sometimes used to mean any exponentiable morphism.

Sometimes all maps are display maps. This happens particularly in extensional type theory, such as versions of the internal logic of categories that include dependent types.

In the context of homotopy type theory display maps are fibrations, for instance in a type-theoretic model category.

## Definition

###### Definition

For $\mathcal{C}$ a category, a class $D \subset Mor(\mathcal{C})$ of morphisms of $\mathcal{C}$ is called a class of displays if

• All pullbacks of elements of $D$ exist and belong to $D$.

It follows automatically that the full subcategory on $D$ of the arrow category $\Arr(\mathcal{C})$ is replete; in other words, the property of $\mathcal{C}$-morphisms given by membership in $D$ respects the principle of equivalence.

###### Definition

The category with displays is called well rooted if it has a terminal object $1$ and all the morphisms to $1$ are display maps.

It follows that binary products exist and their projections are display maps.

###### Definition

Often (which simplifies matters) $D$ is closed under composition:

1. Every identity morphism (and hence every isomorphism) belongs to $D$.

2. The composite of a composable pair of elements of $D$ belongs to $D$.

###### Definition

An interpretation or model of a category with class of displays $(\mathcal{C}, D)$ in another category with displays $(\mathcal{C}', D')$ is a functor

$S\colon \mathcal{C} \to \mathcal{C}'$

which preserves display maps and their pullbacks.

This appears as (Taylor 1999, def. 8.3.2).

## Examples

###### Examples

Examples of categories with displays, def. , include

1. One extreme: any locally cartesian category $\mathcal{C}$ with the class of all morphisms. (This is well rooted —if $\mathcal{C}$ has a terminal object— and closed under composition.)

2. Another extreme: any category with the empty class of no morphisms.

3. Modifying (2) for an extreme case closed under composition: any category with the class of isomorphisms.

4. Modifying (2) for an extreme well-rooted case: A category $\mathcal{C}$ with finite products and $D$ the class of product projections $X \times A \to X$. (This is also closed under composition.)

5. A locally cartesian category $\mathcal{C}$ (such as a topos) equipped with its class of monomorphisms. (This is closed under composition.)

6. A category equipped with a singleton pretopology. (This is closed under composition.)

7. (…)