DocBook: The Definitive Guide

docbook: the definitive guide
By Norman Walsh & Leonard Muellner
1st Edition October 1999
1-56592-580-7, Order Number: 5807
652 pages, $36.95 , Includes CD-ROM

DocBook: The Definitive Guide


Preface -- Introductory matter preceding the first chapter of a book


Content Model

Preface ::= ((DocInfo?,Title,Subtitle?,TitleAbbrev?),  (((CalloutList|GlossList|ItemizedList|OrderedList|SegmentedList|     SimpleList|VariableList|Caution|Important|Note|Tip|Warning|     LiteralLayout|ProgramListing|ProgramListingCO|Screen|ScreenCO|     ScreenShot|Synopsis|CmdSynopsis|FuncSynopsis|FormalPara|Para|     SimPara|Address|BlockQuote|Graphic|GraphicCO|MediaObject|     MediaObjectCO|InformalEquation|InformalExample|InformalFigure|     InformalTable|Equation|Example|Figure|Table|MsgSet|Procedure|     Sidebar|QandASet|Anchor|BridgeHead|Comment|Highlights|     Abstract|AuthorBlurb|Epigraph|IndexTerm)+,    (Sect1*|     (RefEntry)*|     SimpleSect*|Section*))|   (Sect1+|    (RefEntry)+|    SimpleSect+|Section+)))


Common attributes





Tag Minimization

The start-tag is required for this element. The end-tag is optional, if your SGML declaration allows minimization.

Parameter Entities



Preface is a preface or forward 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 Foreward 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. Prefaces are usually listed in the Table of Contents.


These elements contain Preface: Book, Part.


The following elements occur in Preface: Abstract, Address, Anchor, AuthorBlurb, BlockQuote, BridgeHead, CalloutList, Caution, CmdSynopsis, Comment, DocInfo, Epigraph, Equation, Example, Figure, FormalPara, FuncSynopsis, GlossList, Graphic, GraphicCO, Highlights, Important, IndexTerm, InformalEquation, InformalExample, InformalFigure, InformalTable, ItemizedList, LiteralLayout, MediaObject, MediaObjectCO, MsgSet, Note, OrderedList, Para, Procedure, ProgramListing, ProgramListingCO, QandASet, RefEntry, Screen, ScreenCO, ScreenShot, Sect1, Section, SegmentedList, Sidebar, SimPara, SimpleList, SimpleSect, Subtitle, Synopsis, Table, Tip, Title, TitleAbbrev, VariableList, Warning.

In some contexts, the following elements are allowed anywhere: BeginPage, IndexTerm.



Status identifies the editorial or publication status of the Preface.

Publication status might be used to control formatting (for example, printing a "draft" watermark on drafts) or processing (perhaps a document with a status of "final" should not include any components that are not final).

See Also

Appendix, Article, Book, Chapter, Colophon, Dedication, Part, PartIntro, Set


For examples, see Book.


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DocBook. The Definitive Guide
DocBook 5: The Definitive Guide
ISBN: 0596805020
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 1999
Pages: 412
Authors: Walsh Norman, Richard L. Hamilton

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