A series of books (related in some manner by subject, time period, etc.) that are to be considered a unit for the purposes of publication or web display


The books that make up a collection are listed in the collection’s metadata. The front, body, and back matter of a collection may hold a textual explanation of the collection or simply a list of references.

A <collection-list> is comprised of multiple <collection-member>s, each of which contains the name of a book within the collection and one or more links to that work.


dtd-version Version of the DTD
id Identifier
xml:lang Language
xmlns:mml MathML Namespace Declaration
xmlns:xlink XLink Namespace Declaration
xmlns:xsi XML Schema Namespace Declaration

Related Elements

A book collection <collection> may be divided into four parts:

  1. the <collection-meta> (the metadata or header information for a collection);
  2. the <book-front> (textual material that precedes the actual contents of a collection, for example, author biographical information or a preface);
  3. the <body> (textual and graphical content for the collection, typically providing summaries of the books in the collection); and
  4. any <back> (ancillary information from the collection’s books, such as a glossary, reference list, or appendix).

Model Information

Content Model

<!ELEMENT  collection   (collection-meta, book-front?, body?, back?) >


The following, in order:

This top-level element may not be contained in any other elements.

Tagged Example

<collection dtd-version="2.2" xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink" 
<collection-name>Famous Quacks</collection-name>
<abstract><p>Biographies of famous quacks and frauds. The following books 
have been digitized and the full text has been made available both online 
(HTML) and in PDF format.</p></abstract>
<title>Perkins and the Perkins Tractor</title>
<ext-link ext-link-type="URL" 
xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink" xlink:type="simple"></ext-link>
<title>The Practical Phrenologist</title>
<ext-link ext-link-type="URL"  
xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink" xlink:type="simple"></ext-link>