book — A book.


book ::=


Common attributes and common linking attributes.

Additional attributes:

  • label
  • status

Additional Constraints

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


A complete book. This is probably the most common document starting point in DocBook documents. The content model of book was made dramatically less restrictive in DocBook V3.1.

Processing expectations

Formatted as a displayed block. Generally causes a forced page break, restarts page numbering, and may generate additional front and back matter (e.g., tables of contents and indexes) automatically. In a set, book almost always begins on the next available recto page.

The input order of major components is taken to be the desired output order.


Common attributes and common linking attributes.

any attribute

Any attribute in any other explicit namespace


Specifies an identifying string for presentation purposes


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


These elements contain book: set.


The following elements occur in book: acknowledgements, appendix, article, bibliography, chapter, colophon, dedication, glossary, index, info (, info (, part, preface, subtitle, title, titleabbrev, toc.

See Also

Related elements: appendix, article, chapter, colophon, dedication, part, partintro, preface, set.


 1 |<book xmlns=''>
   |<title>An Example Book</title>
 5 |  <legalnotice><para>No notice is required.</para></legalnotice>
   |  <author><personname>
   |    <firstname>Norman</firstname><surname>Walsh</surname>
   |  </personname></author>
10 |<dedication>
   |<para>This book is dedicated to you.
15 |<para>Some content is always required.
   |<chapter><title>A Chapter</title>
   |<para>Content is required in chapters too.
20 |</para>
   |<appendix><title>Optional Appendix</title>
   |<para>Appendixes are optional.
25 |</appendix>