Front Matter

Wrapper element for narrative introductory material such as a Preface, Foreword, Dedication, or “Introduction to the Fifth Edition”, etc.

Related Elements

A BITS <book> may be divided into several components:
  1. the <book-meta> (the bibliographic information about the entire book);
  2. the <front-matter> (the narrative front matter of a book or book part such as a Preface);
  3. the <book-body> (the textual and graphical content of the book); and
  4. any <book-back> (any ancillary information such as a glossary, reference list, or appendix).


Content Model

<!ELEMENT  front-matter %front-matter-model;                         >

Expanded Content Model

(ack | bio | dedication | fn-group | glossary | toc | toc-group | front-matter-part | foreword | preface | notes | ref-list | xi:include)+


This element may be contained in:


<book dtd-version="2.0">  
<title>About this book</title>
<sec sec-type="miscinfo">
<title>The NCBI Handbook</title>
<p>Bioinformatics consists of a computational approach
to biomedical information management and analysis. It is
being used increasingly as a component of research within
both academic and industrial settings and is becoming
integrated into both undergraduate and postgraduate
curricula. The new generation of biology graduates is
emerging with experience in using bioinformatics resources
and, in some cases, programming skills.</p>