The <author> metadata element contains the name of the topic's author.

The author is usually the person, organization, or application that created the content. This element is equivalent to the <Creator> element in Dublin Core.

Content models

See appendix for information about this element in OASIS document type shells.


- topic/author


  <author type="creator">Jane</author>
  <author type="contributor">John</author>


The following attributes are available on this element: Universal attribute group, Link relationship attribute group (with a narrowed definition for @type, given below), and @keyref.

Describes the target of a reference. See The type attribute for detailed information on supported values and processing implications. Note that this differs from the @type attribute on many other DITA elements. Beginning with DITA 1.2, values in this attribute are not limited to a small number of choices; the following values were used in DITA 1.0 and DITA 1.1, and are also recognized for the <author> element (and its specializations):
The primary or original author of the content.
An additional author who is not primary.
See Using the -dita-use-conref-target value for more information.

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