V5.2meta (db.meta.content)

meta — A generic metadata element.


meta (db.meta.content) ::=


Common attributes and common linking attributes.

Additional attributes:

  • name


The meta element can be used to add arbitrary metadata to the info section of an element. DocBook makes no assertions about the semantics of these elements.

If the meta tag does not have a content attribute, then the content of the element is taken to be the metadata value.

Processing expectations

Suppressed. The meta information may be used in presentation, but it is not generally formatted directly.


Common attributes and common linking attributes.

any attribute

Any attribute in any other explicit namespace


A name for the metadata element


These elements contain meta: biblioentry, bibliomixed, bibliomset, biblioset, info (db.info), info (db.titleforbidden.info), info (db.titleonly.info), info (db.titleonlyreq.info), info (db.titlereq.info).


The following elements occur in meta: text, *:*, abbrev, acronym, address, alt, anchor, author, bibliolist, biblioref, blockquote, bridgehead, calloutlist, caution, citation, citebiblioid, citetitle, coref, danger, date, dialogue, drama, editor, email, emphasis (db._emphasis), emphasis (db.emphasis), epigraph, equation, example, figure, firstterm (db._firstterm), firstterm (db.firstterm), footnote, footnoteref, foreignphrase (db._foreignphrase), foreignphrase (db.foreignphrase), formalgroup, formalpara, glosslist, glossterm (db._glossterm), glossterm (db.glossterm), important, indexterm (db.indexterm.endofrange), indexterm (db.indexterm.singular), indexterm (db.indexterm.startofrange), informalequation, informalexample, informalfigure, informaltable, inlineequation, inlinemediaobject, inlinestagedir, itemizedlist, jobtitle, link, literal, literallayout, mediaobject, note, olink, optional, orderedlist, org, orgname, para, person, personname, phrase (db._phrase), phrase (db.phrase), poetry, procedure, productname, productnumber, qandaset, quote (db._quote), quote (db.quote), remark, revhistory, revnumber, sidebar, simpara, simplelist, stagedir, subscript, superscript, table, task, templatename, termdef, tip, trademark, uri, variablelist, warning, wordasword, xref.

See Also

Related elements: meta (db.meta.empty).


 1 |<article xmlns='http://docbook.org/ns/docbook'>
   |  <title>Example with meta elements</title>
   |  <meta name="widget-color" content="blue"/>
 5 |  <meta name="widget-text">
   |    <emphasis>W</emphasis>idget
   |  </meta>
   |<para>This example article has two
10 |<tag>meta</tag> elements in its

This example article has two meta elements in its info.