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DocBook 5: The Definitive Guide by Richard L. Hamilton, Norman Walsh

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Name

preface — Introductory matter preceding the first chapter of a book

Synopsis

preface ::= ((((title & titleabbrev? & subtitle?), infodb.titleforbidden.info) | info db.titlereq.info), ((bibliography | glossary | index | toc)*, (((annotation | bridgehead | remark | revhistory | Indexing inlines | Admonition elements | Formal elements | Graphic elements | Informal elements | List el⁠ements | Paragraph elements | Publishing elements | Synopsis elements | Technical elements | Verbatim elements)+, ((section+, simplesect*) | simplesect+ | (sect1+, simplesect*) | refentry+)?) | (section+, simplesect*) | simplesect+ | (sect1+, simplesect*) | refentry+), (bibliography | glossary | index | toc)*))

Attribute synopsis

Common attributes and common linking attributes.

Additional attributes:

  • label

  • status

Additional constraints

  • If this element is the root element, it must have a version attribute.

Description

A preface is a preface or a foreword in a book. The preface element may appear more than once and should be used for all introductory chapter-like material. For example, a book might have both a Foreword and an Introduction. Both should be tagged as prefaces in DocBook.

Processing expectations

Formatted as a displayed block. Usually introduces a forced page break and often starts on the next recto page. It is common for the page numbers in prefaces to be displayed as Roman numerals rather than Arabic numerals. The prefaces are usually listed in the table of contents.

Attributes

Common attributes and common linking attributes.

label

Specifies an identifying string for presentation purposes

status

Identifies the editorial or publication status of the element on which it occurs

See Also

appendix, article, book, chapter, colophon, dedication, part, partintro, set

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