(front matter) – Bundles prefatory text found before the start of the musical text.
Module MEI.text
@decls(optional)Identifies one or more metadata elements within the header, which are understood to apply to the element bearing this attribute and its content. One or more values from data.URI, separated by spaces. att.declaring
@facs(optional)Permits the current element to reference a facsimile surface or image zone which corresponds to it. One or more values from data.URI, separated by spaces. att.facsimile
@label(optional)Provides a name or label for an element. The value may be any string. Value of datatype string. att.commonPart
@n(optional)Provides a number-like designation for an element. Value conforms to token. att.common
@translit(optional)Specifies the transliteration technique used. Value of datatype NMTOKEN. att.lang
@xml:base(optional)Provides a base URI reference with which applications can resolve relative URI references into absolute URI references. Value conforms to data.URI. att.commonPart
@xml:id(optional)Regularizes the naming of an element and thus facilitates building links between it and other resources. Each id attribute within a document must have a unique value. Value of datatype ID. att.id
@xml:lang(optional)Identifies the language of the element's content. The values for this attribute are language 'tags' as defined in BCP 47. All language tags that make use of private use sub-tags must be documented in a corresponding language element in the MEI header whose id attribute is the same as the language tag's value. Value of datatype language. att.lang
Member of
Contained by
May contain
MEI.shareddiv lb pb titlePage
<memberOf key="att.common"/>
<memberOf key="att.declaring"/>
<memberOf key="att.facsimile"/>
<memberOf key="att.lang"/>
<memberOf key="model.frontLike"/>
<rng:ref name="model.divLike" />
<rng:ref name="model.frontPart" />
<rng:ref name="model.milestoneLike.text" />

titlePage may be used to transcribe the item's title page. Other front matter structures, such as a preface, dedication, or table of contents, may be encoded as textual divisions; that is, as div elements, with an optional head sub-element describing the nature of the division. The pb element is allowed here in order to accommodate page images, e.g. cover, endpapers, etc. before and after the actual textual matter.This element is modelled on elements in the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) and Encoded Archival Description (EAD) standards.