Epigraph -- A short inscription at the beginning of a document or component


Content Model

Epigraph ::=


Common attributes

Tag Minimization

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

Parameter Entities



An Epigraph is a short inscription, often a quotation or poem, set at the beginning of a document or component. Epigraphs are usually related somehow to the content that follows them and may help set the tone for the component.

Processing expectations

Formatted as a displayed block.

(4.0) Future Changes

Epigraph will not be allowed in BlockQuote in DocBook V4.0.


These elements contain Epigraph: Appendix, Article, BiblioDiv, Bibliography, BlockQuote, Callout, Chapter, Glossary, GlossDiv, Index, ListItem, MsgExplan, MsgText, PartIntro, Preface, Procedure, RefSect1, RefSect2, RefSect3, RefSynopsisDiv, Sect1, Sect2, Sect3, Sect4, Sect5, Section, SetIndex, SimpleSect, Step.


The following elements occur in Epigraph: Attribution, FormalPara, Para, SimPara.

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

See Also

Abstract, Attribution, BlockQuote, Highlights, Sidebar


For examples, see Chapter.

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