<front>

Front Matter

Container element for the metadata of a standards document and any introductory notes and sections that occur before the body of the standard.

Remarks

Typically the front matter of a standard contains metadata such as the originating body, the document title(s), and the release date, but front matter may also contain introductory narrative material and notes concerning a standard.
ISO Note: For an ISO standard, everything needed to produce the front matter and back cover goes within <front>.

Related Elements

Components of a Standards Document: A standard <standard> may be divided into several structural components:
  • The front matter for the standards document (<front>), which may contain document-level metadata (<std-doc-meta>), standards-organization metadata (in one or more of the elements <std-meta>, <iso-meta> <reg-meta> or <nat-meta>), and prose material such as notes and sections;
  • The body of the standard (<body>), which contains the textual and graphical content of the standards document; and
  • Any back matter (<back>) such as annexes and reference lists;
Adoption Documents also contain front matter, but it is contained within an <adoption-front> element, which contains document-level and adoption-level metadata, possibly with notes and prose sections.

Model Description

This element may be contained in:

Example 1

Both metadata and a Foreword as part of the front matter:
<standard
  dtd-version="0.2"
  xml:lang="en">
 <front>
  <iso-meta>...</iso-meta>
  <sec sec-type="foreword">
   <title>Foreword</title>
   ...
  </sec>
  ...
 </front>
 <body>
  <sec sec-type="scope" id="s1">
   <label>1</label>
   <title>Scope</title>
   <p>This International Standard defines the test equipment 
    and procedures to be used ...</p>
  </sec>
  ...
 </body>
 <back>
  <app-group>
   <app content-type="norm-annex" id="annA">
    <label>Annex A</label>
    <annex-type>(normative)</annex-type>
    <title>General operational requirements</title>
    <sec id="annA.1">
     <label>A.1</label>
     <title>Installation, operation and maintenance 
      &mdash; general</title>
     <p>The manufacturer shall specify in documentation 
      provided for ...</p>
    </sec>
    ...
   </app>
   ...
  </app-group>
  ...
 </back>
</standard>

Example 2

Standards metadata and several committee list sections:
...
<front>
 <std-meta>...</std-meta>
 <sec sec-type="foreword" id="fwd1">
  <title>Foreword</title>
  <p><styled-content style="text-align: center; padding-left: 6em; 
   padding-right:6em"><italic>(This foreword is not part of the proposed 
   standard NISO Z39.96-201x, JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite. It is 
   included for information only.)</italic></styled-content></p>
  ...
  <sec sec-type="roster">
   <title>NISO Voting Members</title>
   <p>At the time this standard was balloted, the following 
    were members of the NISO Z39.96 voting pool:
    <list list-type="simple">
     <list-item>
      <p><bold>American Geophysical Union (AGU)</bold><break/>
       Carter Glass (Primary), Jon Sears (Alternate)</p>
     </list-item>
     <list-item>
      <p><bold>American Institute of Physics (AIP)</bold><break/>
       Terry Hulbert (Primary), Evan Owens (Alternate), 
       James Wonder (Alternate)</p>
     </list-item>
     <list-item>
      <p><bold>American Psychological Association</bold><break/>
       Linda Beebe (Primary), Janice Fleming (Alternate)</p>
     </list-item>
     ...
    </list>
   </p>
  </sec>
  <sec sec-type="roster">
   <title>Content and Collection Management Topic Committee</title>
   <p>At the time this standard was approved, the following 
    were members of the Content and Collection Management 
    Topic Committee that had oversight for the project:
    <list list-type="simple">
     <list-item>
      <p><bold>Julia Blixrud</bold>, Co-Chair<break/>
       Association of Research Libraries</p>
     </list-item>
     <list-item>
      <p><bold>Eva Bolkovac</bold><break/>
       Yale University Library</p>
     </list-item>
     <list-item>
      <p><bold>Lettie Contrad</bold><break/>
       SAGE Publications</p>
     </list-item>
     ...
    </list>
   </p>
  </sec>
  <sec sec-type="roster">
   <title>NISO Standardized Journal Article Markup Working 
    Group Members</title>
   <p>The following individuals served on the NISO Standardized 
    Journal Article Markup Working Group, which developed and 
    approved this standard:
    <list list-type="simple">
     <list-item>
      <p><bold>Jeffrey Beck</bold>, Co-chair<break/>
       National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), 
       U.S. National Library of Medicine</p>
     </list-item>
     <list-item>
      <p><bold>Thomas Dowling</bold><break/>
       OhioLINK</p>
     </list-item>
     <list-item>
      <p><bold>Kathryn Henniss</bold><break/>
       HighWire Press</p>
     </list-item>
     ...
    </list>
   </p>
  </sec>
 </sec>
</front>
...