author

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

Example

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

Contains

Doctype Content model
ditabase, topic, task, reference, concept ( text data or keyword or option or parmname or apiname or cmdname or msgnum or varname or wintitle or term or data or data-about or foreign or unknown) (any number)
map, bookmap ( text data or keyword or term or data or data-about or foreign or unknown) (any number)

Contained by

Doctype Parents
ditabase, topic, task, concept, reference prolog
bookmap topicmeta, bookmeta
map topicmeta

Inheritance:

- topic/author

Attributes

Name Description Data Type Default Value Required?
href A hyperlink to an external Web page (URL) or other non-DITA resource, or to another DITA topic in the same file or in another file. The format attribute identifies the format of the target. Non-DITA targets use standard URL syntax. DITA topics are targetted as follows:
Target elsewhere in the same file:
  href="#topicid"
First topic in different file:
  href="filename.dita"
Specific topic in different file:
  href="filename.dita#topicid"

If the URL contains an ampersand character, the ampersand symbol (&amp;) should be used to indicate that character

CDATA #IMPLIED No
type Indicates the primary author of the content. Note that this differs from the type attribute on many other DITA elements. Allowable values are:
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.
(creator | contributor | -dita-use-conref-target) #IMPLIED No
%univ-atts; (%select-atts;, %id-atts;, %localization-atts;) A set of related attributes, described at %univ-atts; parameter entity PE not applicable Not applicable
%global-atts; (xtrf, xtrc) A set of related attributes, described at %global-atts; parameter entity PE not applicable Not applicable
class, keyref Common attributes described in Other common DITA attributes