Book Front Matter


A wrapper element for the textual front matter (such as introductions and prefaces) of a book


Not to be confused with <book-meta> which serves as a wrapper for bibliographic metadata about a book.

Related Elements

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

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

Model Information

Content Model

<!ELEMENT book-front    %book-front-model;                           >


The following, in order:

This element may be contained in:

<book> Book; <book-part> Book Part; <collection> Collection

Tagged Example

<title>About this book</title>
<sec sec-type="miscinfo">
<title>The NCBI Handbook</title>
<p>Bioinformatics consists of a computational approach 
to biomedical information management and analysis. It is 
being used increasingly as a component of research within 
both academic and industrial settings and is becoming 
integrated into both undergraduate and postgraduate 
curricula. The new generation of biology graduates is 
emerging with experience in using bioinformatics resources 
and, in some cases, programming skills.</p>


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