The <colophon> element references a topic describing how this document was created. In publishing, a colophon describes details of the production of a book. This information generally includes the typefaces used, and often the names of their designers; the paper, ink and details of the binding materials and methods might also receive mention. In the case of technical books, a colophon might specify the software used to prepare the text and diagrams for publication. The <colophon> can appear in the <frontmatter> or <backmatter>.

Content models

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


- map/topicref bookmap/colophon


  <title>Sample book</title>
  <!-- ... -->
    <colophon href="ProdNot.dita" navtitle="Production Notes"/>


The following attributes are available on this element: Universal attribute group, Link relationship attribute group (with a narrowed definition of @href, given below), Attributes common to many map elements, @navtitle and @copy-to from Topicref element attributes group, outputclass, and @keyref.

A pointer to the resource represented by the <topicref>. See The href attribute for detailed information on supported values and processing implications. References to DITA content cannot be below the topic level: that is, you cannot reference individual elements inside a topic. References to content other than DITA topics should use the @format attribute to identify the kind of resource being referenced.

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