Author -- The name of an individual author


Content Model

Author ::=


Common attributes

Tag Minimization

Both the start- and end-tags are required for this element.

Parameter Entities



The Author element holds information about the author of the document in which it occurs; it is meta-information about the current document or document section, not a reference to the author of an external document.

Processing expectations

May be formatted inline or as a displayed block, depending on context. Sometimes suppressed.

(4.0) Future Changes

AuthorBlurb and Affiliation will be removed from the inline content of Author in DocBook V4.0. A new wrapper element will be created to hold Author, AuthorBlurb, and Affiliation.


These elements contain Author: Application, ArtHeader, Attribution, AuthorGroup, BiblioEntry, BiblioMisc, BiblioMixed, BiblioMSet, BiblioSet, BookBiblio, BookInfo, BridgeHead, Citation, CiteTitle, Comment, DocInfo, Emphasis, entry, ForeignPhrase, GlossSee, GlossSeeAlso, GlossTerm, LineAnnotation, Link, LiteralLayout, LoTentry, Member, MsgAud, ObjectInfo, OLink, Para, Phrase, Primary, PrimaryIE, ProductName, ProgramListing, Quote, RefEntryTitle, RefPurpose, RefSect1Info, RefSect2Info, RefSect3Info, RefSynopsisDivInfo, Screen, ScreenInfo, Secondary, SecondaryIE, Sect1Info, Sect2Info, Sect3Info, Sect4Info, Sect5Info, SectionInfo, See, SeeAlso, SeeAlsoIE, SeeIE, Seg, SegTitle, SeriesInfo, SetInfo, SimPara, Subtitle, Synopsis, Term, Tertiary, TertiaryIE, Title, TitleAbbrev, ToCback, ToCentry, ToCfront, ULink.


The following elements occur in Author: Affiliation, AuthorBlurb, Contrib, FirstName, Honorific, Lineage, OtherName, Surname.

In some contexts, the following elements are allowed anywhere: BeginPage, IndexTerm.

See Also

AuthorBlurb, AuthorGroup, Collab, CollabName, Contrib, CorpAuthor, Editor, OtherCredit


<!DOCTYPE author PUBLIC "-//OASIS//DTD DocBook V3.1//EN">
  <othername role=mi>D</othername>
    <jobtitle>Senior Application Analyst</jobtitle>
    <orgname>ArborText, Inc.</orgname>
    <orgdiv>Application Developement</orgdiv>

For additional examples, see also Ackno, Article, AuthorGroup, Bibliography, BiblioSet, Book, BookInfo, OtherCredit.

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