note — A message set off from the text.


note ::=


Common attributes and common linking attributes.

Additional Constraints

  • note must not occur among the children or descendants of note


A note is an admonition set off from the main text.

In some types of documentation, the semantics of admonitions are clearly defined but DocBook makes no such assertions.

Processing expectations

Formatted as a displayed block. Often outputs the generated text Note or some other visible indication of the type of admonition, especially if a title is not present. Sometimes outputs a graphical icon or another symbol as well.


These elements contain note: abstract, bibliodiv, bibliography, blockquote, caption (db.caption), entry, example, figure, foil, foilgroup, footnote, itemizedlist, legalnotice, listitem, note, orderedlist, revdescription, section, sidebar, slides, speakernotes, td, textobject, th, variablelist.


The following elements occur in note: blockquote, epigraph, example, figure, info (, info (, informaltable (db.cals.informaltable), informaltable (db.html.informaltable), itemizedlist, literallayout, mediaobject, note, orderedlist, para, programlisting, revhistory, sidebar, speakernotes, table (db.cals.table), table (db.html.table), title, titleabbrev, variablelist.


 1 |<article xmlns=''>
   |<title>Example note</title>
   |<note><title>Upcoming Changes</title>
 5 |<para>Future versions of this feature may not be backward compatible.
   |Consider implementing the revised interface now.
10 |</article>
Upcoming Changes

Future versions of this feature may not be backward compatible. Consider implementing the revised interface now.