Back matter

endnotes advertisement collation epilogue back matter appendix errata
endnotes corrigenda concluding advert colophon contents epilogue back appendix errata

General notes on encoding back matter, including the various types of concluding material

The TEI provides the back element to group together all material appearing after the main body of the text, including indexes, errata lists, colophons, epilogues, endnotes, appendices, advertisements, as well as unforeseen things which by their nature cannot be predicted here. Most of these things are encoded with div. We recommend using the following values for the type attribute on div:

The concluding value is analogous to the prefatory value for front matter; it covers any miscellaneous prose division in the back matter not covered by the other back matter values listed here.

A colophon in the early modern period is usually a slightly shorter version of the docImprint, and is often the very last piece of text in the entire document. Because of this similarity, we recommend encoding colophons as titleBlock type="colophon", since the colophon is often the equivalent of the title page in a modern book and is a source for the same kinds of information. The DTD extensions that accompany this Guide support this option. However, it could also be encoded as div type="colophon".

Epilogues to plays or novels, where such an epilogue was written to be performed with the play, or to be read with the novel, rather than to introduce a particular edition, should be encoded using div type="epilogue" as part of the body element, unless some other indisputably back-like element intervenes. Note that epilogues may occasionally be printed at the start of a play. In this case they should be encoded where they appear, within front or body depending on their content.