Abstract -- A summary


Content Model

Abstract ::=


Common attributes

Tag Minimization

Both the start- and end-tags are required for this element.

Parameter Entities



An abstract can occur in most components of DocBook. It is expected to contain some sort of summary of the content with which it is associated (by containment).

Processing expectations

Formatted as a displayed block. Sometimes suppressed. Often presented in alternate outputs.


These elements contain Abstract: Appendix, ArtHeader, Article, BiblioDiv, BiblioEntry, Bibliography, BiblioMixed, BiblioMSet, BiblioSet, BlockQuote, BookBiblio, BookInfo, Callout, Chapter, DocInfo, Glossary, GlossDiv, Index, ListItem, MsgExplan, MsgText, ObjectInfo, PartIntro, Preface, Procedure, RefSect1, RefSect1Info, RefSect2, RefSect2Info, RefSect3, RefSect3Info, RefSynopsisDiv, RefSynopsisDivInfo, Sect1, Sect1Info, Sect2, Sect2Info, Sect3, Sect3Info, Sect4, Sect4Info, Sect5, Sect5Info, Section, SectionInfo, SeriesInfo, SetIndex, SetInfo, SimpleSect, Step.


The following elements occur in Abstract: FormalPara, Para, SimPara, Title.

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

See Also

BlockQuote, Epigraph, Highlights, Sidebar


<!DOCTYPE chapter PUBLIC "-//OASIS//DTD DocBook V3.1//EN">
<chapter><title>Some Chapter</title>
In brief, &hellip;
In this chapter, &hellip;

For additional examples, see also Section.

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