colophon — Text at the back of a book describing facts about its production.


colophon ::=


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 colophon, if present, almost always occurs at the very end of a book. It contains factual information about the book, especially about its production, and includes details about typographic style, the fonts used, the paper used, and perhaps the binding method of the book.

Font geeks like Norm think every book should have one.

Processing expectations

Formatted as a displayed block.


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 colophon: article, book, part.


The following elements occur in colophon: address, anchor, bibliolist, blockquote, bridgehead, calloutlist, caution, danger, dialogue, drama, epigraph, equation, example, figure, formalgroup, formalpara, glosslist, important, indexterm (db.indexterm.endofrange), indexterm (db.indexterm.singular), indexterm (db.indexterm.startofrange), info (, info (, informalequation, informalexample, informalfigure, informaltable, itemizedlist, literallayout, mediaobject, note, orderedlist, para, poetry, procedure, qandaset, remark, revhistory, sidebar, simpara, simplelist, simplesect, stagedir, subtitle, table, task, tip, title, titleabbrev, variablelist, warning.

See Also

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


 1 |<book xmlns=''>
   |<title>Example colophon</title>
 5 |<para>Draft versions of the first edition of this book were produced
   |with the DocBook DSSSL Stylesheets. Final production was performed
   |with Troff.</para>
   |<para>XSLT and XSL were used to produce the second edition.</para>
10 |