<book-page-count> Book-level Page Count

Total number of pages in a work in print; by convention, each page or partial page is counted as one. Electronic-only works do not traditionally have page counts.


The book count may be used in two ways:
  • as an EMPTY element, with the @count attribute holding the number of items counted; or
  • with content, which can indicate additional information about the count. For example, a <book-count> value of “vi+330” might indicate that there are six (vi) pages numbered in Roman numerals (pages i to vi) and 330 pages numbered in Arabic numerals (pages 1 to 330) for a total of 336 pages, so the value of the @count attribute could be 336:
    <book-page-count count="336">vi+330</book-page-count>
Inside the <counts> container element are the counts of various components in the book or book part: the generic count element <book-count> (for which the @count-type names what is being counted) and the specific named counting elements: the <book-fig-count> is the number of figures, the <book-table-count> is the number of tables, the <book-equation-count> is the number of display equations, the <book-ref-count> is either the number of references or (more properly) the number of citations in the bibliographic reference list, the <book-page-count> is the total page count, and the <book-word-count> is the number of words in the work.
The <book-page-count> cannot be used inside citations (<element-citation> or <mixed-citation>); instead use the element <size>.
Related Elements
A number of elements in the Suite relate to page numbers:
  • <fpage> names the page number on which a work begins;
  • <lpage> names the page number on which a work ends (which should be the same page number or a number larger than the starting page number);
  • <elocation-id> replaces the start and end page elements just described for electronic-only publications;
  • <page-range> records discontinuous page ranges; and
  • <book-page-count> holds the total page count, if the publisher has provided one. Typically this element records what the publisher said and makes no validity claim. The element <book-page-count> should be used only in metadata. The citation elements (<element-citation> or <mixed-citation>) use the element <size> to tag the total page count of a cited work.
Best Practice: The <page-range> is intended to record supplementary information and should not be used in the place of the <fpage> and <lpage> elements, which are typically needed for citation matching. The <page-range> element is merely a text string, containing such material as “8-11, 14-19, 40”, which would mean that the document began on page 8, ran through 11, skipped to page 14, ran through 19, and concluded on page 40.
count (REQUIRED)

Base Attributes

Models and Context
May be contained in
Text, numbers, or special characters
Content Model
<!ELEMENT  book-page-count   
                        %book-page-count-model;                      >
Expanded Content Model


Tagged Samples
Empty for a simple count
 <book-id book-id-type="publisher">handbook-648</book-id>
  <book-count count-type="contributors" count="4"/>
  <book-fig-count count="98"/>
  <book-table-count count="40"/>
  <book-equation-count count="346"/>
  <book-ref-count count="115"/>
  <book-page-count count="532"/>
  <book-word-count count="149852"/>
Complex content
 <book-id book-id-type="publisher">handbook-648</book-id>
  <book-count count-type="features" 
    count="46">16 maps and 30 portraits</book-count>
  <book-fig-count count="24">9 fullpage plates with 
   tissue guards and 15 large vignettes</book-fig-count>
  <book-table-count count="40">36 tables and 4 arrays</book-table-count>
  <book-equation-count count="78">70 numbered and 8 
  <book-ref-count count="115">115 cited references plus 38 
   additional reading</book-ref-count>
  <book-page-count count="532">xxxii,500</book-page-count>
  <book-word-count count="349852">349,852 words not including