The Design and Construction of eBooks, by Steve Thomas


Other standard parts of a work (as defined by the Chicago Manual of Style, for example) are also given classes. As with chapters etc, this is partly done so as to identify the different parts in the file, but also permits application of stylistic differences. The parts currently defined include: dedication, abstract, precis, rubric and colophon.

div.dedication p,
p.dedication { text-align:center; }

Next we have the precis, defined as “a concise or abridged statement; an abstract, a summary”, typically found at the start of a chapter beneath the chapter heading, and summarising the content of the chapter.

div.precis p,
p.precis {
    font-variant:small-caps; font-size:.9em;
    margin-left:1em; margin-right:1em;

A variation of this seen in very old books is the rubric, defined as a “heading of a chapter or other section in a book or manuscript, written or printed in red, or otherwise distinguished in lettering; a particular passage or sentence marked in this way” OED.

div.rubric p,
p.rubric { text-align:center; font-style:italic; }

Another variation is the more straight-forward abstract:

div.abstract p,
p.abstract {
    font-style:italic; font-size:.9em;
    margin-left:1em; margin-right:1em;

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