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The 'backmatter' element

The backmatter of a book is all that material that occurs after the end of the last chapter.

The 'backmatter' element content

The 'gutbook' dtd allows as many appendicies, indexes, glossaries, bibliographies or list of references as is needed. for older books it allows an optional colophon. This is illustrated graphically as follows.

The parts of an e-text

Here are the element declarations for backmatter.

<!ELEMENT backmatter ((appendix|index|glossary|biblio)*,colophon?)>

The 'index' element

The index page numbers do not mean much in an e-text, but the headings are of interest. Enthusiastic markers could use the 'ref' attribute to refer to places in the document! The element content allows most combinations of lists, although in most documents a simple item element can be used.

'index' ELEMENT and ATTLIST declarations

<!ELEMENT index (title|item|list|deflist|note)*>
<!ATTLIST index
  indtype (contents|authors|firstlines|tables|other) "contents" 

The 'glossary' element

Glossaries are lists of definitions. For the most part the deflist will be used to markup glossaries.

'glossary' ELEMENT and ATTLIST declarations

<!ELEMENT glossary (title|item|list|deflist|note)*>
<!ATTLIST glossary  

The 'biblio' element

The biblio element can include lists of further reading, or lists of references.

'biblio' ELEMENT and ATTLIST declarations

<!ELEMENT biblio (title|item|list|deflist|note)*>
<!ATTLIST biblio  

The 'appendix' element

Appendicies range from the simple to the very complex. For this reason they are given the same structure as chapters.

'appendix' ELEMENT and ATTLIST declarations

<!ELEMENT appendix ((title|chapheader)?,(para|sect1|simplesect %block.class;)*,endchap?)>
<!ATTLIST appendix  %stdatts;

The 'colophon' element

Most modern books do not have a colophon, but most Victorian books do. The simple text content should be sufficient for most colophons.

'colophon' ELEMENT and ATTLIST declarations

<!ELEMENT colophon (#PCDATA|para %inline.class;)*>
<!ATTLIST colophon
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