DocBook 5.1: The Definitive Guide  (Version 1.5.3 for DocBook 5.1)


article — An article.


article ::= [-]


Common attributes and common linking attributes.

Additional attributes:

  • class (enumeration)
    • “faq”
    • “journalarticle”
    • “productsheet”
    • “specification”
    • “techreport”
    • “whitepaper”
  • label
  • status

Additional Constraints

  • If this element is the root element, it must have a version attribute.


The article element is a general-purpose container for articles. The content model is both quite complex and rather loose in order to accommodate the wide range of possible article structures. Although changes to the article element have been discussed on several occasions, no better model has been presented.

An article may include a table of contents and multiple lists of tables, figures, and so on before the main text of the article. It may also include a number of common back matter components at the end.

Processing expectations

Formatted as a displayed block. Frequently causes a forced page break in print media. May be numbered separately and presented in the table of contents.


Common attributes and common linking attributes.


Identifies the nature of the article

Enumerated values:

A collection of frequently asked questions.


An article in a journal or other periodical.


A description of a product.


A specification.


A technical report.


A white paper.


Specifies an identifying string for presentation purposes


Identifies the editorial or publication status of the element on which it occurs


These elements contain article: book, part, set.


<article xmlns=''>
  <title>A World Wide Web Interface to CTAN</title>
  <publisher><publishername>The TeX User's Group</publishername></publisher>
        <revremark>First draft for review.</revremark>

<para>The body of the article …</para>