dedication — The dedication of a book or other component.


dedication ::= [-]


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 dedication is a page or section, most often at the very beginning of a book (before any other body matter), containing a tribute to something (frequently someone) in connection with the writing or publication of the book.

Processing expectations

Formatted as a displayed block. Frequently appears on a page by itself at the beginning of a book.


Common attributes and common linking attributes.


Specifies an identifying string for presentation purposes


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


These elements contain dedication: article, book, part.


The following elements occur in dedication: address, anchor, bibliolist, blockquote, bridgehead, calloutlist, caution, danger, db:stagedir, dialogue, drama, epigraph, equation, example, figure, 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, subtitle, table, task, tip, title, titleabbrev, variablelist, warning.


<book xmlns=''>
<title>The Best XML Jokes</title>

<para>To my mother and father, for teaching me to laugh.

<chapter><title>Parsing Jokes</title>
<para>What did the lexer say to the angle bracket? …
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