author

Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) Version 1.2

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.

Contains

Note: These models represent only the default document types distributed by OASIS. Actual content models will differ with each new document type.
Doctype Content model
topic (base), map (base), classifyMap, subjectScheme, learningAssessment, learningBookmap, learningContent, learningMap, learningOverview, learningPlan, learningSummary ( text data or data or data-about or foreign or unknown or keyword or term) (any number)
topic (technical content), map (technical content), concept, ditabase, glossary, glossentry, glossgroup, reference, task, bookmap ( text data or data or data-about or foreign or unknown or keyword or apiname or option or parmname or cmdname or msgnum or varname or wintitle or term or abbreviated-form) (any number)
machineryTask ( text data or data or data-about or foreign or unknown or keyword or wintitle or term) (any number)

Contained by

Doctype Content model
topic (base), topic (technical content), concept, ditabase, glossary, glossentry, glossgroup, reference, task (strict), task (general), machineryTask, learningAssessment, learningContent, learningOverview, learningPlan, learningSummary prolog
map (base), map (technical content), classifyMap, subjectScheme, learningMap topicmeta
bookmap, learningBookmap topicmeta, bookmeta

Inheritance

- topic/author

Example

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

Attributes

Name Description Data Type Default Value Required?
href Provides a reference to a resource. See The href attribute for detailed information on supported values and processing implications. CDATA #IMPLIED No
type 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):
creator
The primary or original author of the content.
contributor
An additional author who is not primary.
-dita-use-​conref-​target
See Using the -dita-use-conref-target value for more information.
NMTOKEN #IMPLIED No
format The format attribute identifies the format of the resource being referenced. See The format attribute for details on supported values. CDATA #IMPLIED No
scope The scope attribute identifies the closeness of the relationship between the current document and the target resource. See The scope attribute for more information on values. (local | peer | external | -dita-use-​conref-​target) #IMPLIED No
keyref Keyref provides a redirectable reference based on a key defined within a map. See The keyref attribute for information on using this attribute. CDATA #IMPLIED No
univ-atts attribute group (includes select-atts, id-atts, and localization-atts groups) A set of related attributes, described in univ-atts attribute group      
global-atts attribute group (xtrf, xtrc) A set of related attributes, described in global-atts attribute group      
class A common attribute described in Other common DITA attributes