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


( text data or keyword or option or parmname or apiname or cmdname or msgnum or varname or wintitle or term) (any number)

Contained by





Name Description Data Type Default Value Required?
href A hyperlink representing a resource that defines the person or company named in the parent element. For example, you could use this attribute to cite the URL for the named entity's "home page." The href attribute identifies the destination of the resource using conventional URL syntax. CDATA #IMPLIED No
keyref Currently not implemented in DITA processors. Provides a key that a process can use to look up associated information. NMTOKEN #IMPLIED No
type Indicates the primary author of the content. Allowable values are:
The primary or original author of the content.
An additional author who is not primary.
(author | contributor) #IMPLIED No
%global-atts; (xtrf, xtrc) A set of related attributes, described at %global-atts; parameter entity PE not applicable Not applicable
class A common attribute described in Other common DITA attributes


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

OASIS DITA Language Specification v1.0 -- 09 May 2005
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