Figure Count


Number of figures (<fig> elements) that appear in a book or book component such as a chapter


This count does not include all graphics or supplementary audiovisual objects, just those that are tagged as <fig>s. Loose <graphic>s that appear outside figures are not counted. Multiple graphics within a <fig> or a <fig-group> are not counted, but the <fig>s within a figure group are. The principle is that, if there were a “List of Figures”, this would be the number of items in that list.

Many elements in this DTD Suite were created explicitly for import conversion, that is, so that the intellectual work of tagging done by publishers would not be discarded when they converted material from another DTD to the NCBI Book DTD and NCBI Collection DTDs. The count elements are a perfect example of this rationale; they are conversion elements and should only be tagged if present in the original source.

The count elements are modeled as EMPTY elements (that is, elements that have no content and store their real values in one or more attributes) because the majority of DTDs that were examined in the course of preparing this DTD Suite used this mechanism, an inheritance of the older MAJOUR-header DTD.


count Count

Related Elements

Inside the <counts> wrapper element are the counts of various components of the book: the <fig-count> is the number of figures, the <table-count> is the number of tables, the <equation-count> is the number of equations, the <ref-count> is either the number of references or (more properly) the number of citations in the bibliographic reference list, the <page-count> is the page count, and the <word-count> is the number of words in the book.

Model Information

Content Model

<!ELEMENT  fig-count     EMPTY                                       >


This is an EMPTY element

This element may be contained in:

<counts> Counts

Tagged Example

<book-id pub-id-type="other">handbook</book-id>
<book-title>The NCBI Handbook</book-title>
<fig-count count="98"/>
<table-count count="40"/>
<equation-count count="0"/>
<ref-count count="115"/>
<page-count count="532"/>
<word-count count="149852"/>