<front-matter> Front Matter

Wrapper element for narrative introductory material such as a Preface, Foreword, Dedication, or “Introduction to the Fifth Edition”, etc.
Related Elements
Back Matter — Books and book parts do not use the same element for their back matter. Books may contain a <book-back> element, which may contain <book-part> elements. In contrast, book parts may contain a <back> element, similar to that of journal articles, and this <back> cannot contain <book-part> elements.
Parts of a Book — A BITS <book> may be divided into several metadata components:
  1. the <processing-meta> (metadata concerning the XML file rather than the work); and
  2. the <collection-meta> (metadata concerning collections in which this book is a component); and
  3. the <book-meta> (the bibliographic information about the entire book);
and several narrative text components:
  1. the <front-matter> (the narrative front matter of a book or book part such as a Preface);
  2. the <book-body> (the textual and graphical content of the book); and
  3. any <book-back> (any ancillary information such as a glossary, reference list, or appendix).

Base Attributes

Models and Context
May be contained in
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)+

Tagged Sample

Titled front matter section

This is a user-named front matter section rather than a named BITS front matter component such as <dedication>
<book dtd-version="2.1">  
     <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>
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