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Publication Topics for "Front Matter" Content

Every publication in Paligo has its own topic that is used for "front matter", such as the front cover, publication date, version number, and author details. It is called a "publication topic" and it is added automatically when you create a publication.

For PDF publications, the "front matter" provides the content that is on the front cover and any pages that come before the table of contents. For example, a publication could have a background image, title, and logo to create a front cover for a PDF, like this:

Example of a user guide cover. Abstract background image with title and logo in foreground.

For HTML outputs, the "front matter" is content that appears on a web page. You can access the page by selecting the link to the publication in the breadcrumb at the top of the topic.

Paligo help center web page. A topic is shown and at the top there is a series of links called the breadcrumb. The first link goes to the publication topic.


For reused publications, there are settings in the HTML layout that you can use to control the publication topics.

Define What Information is Included in the "Front Matter"

As a Paligo author, you can edit a publication topic to control what information is included (and therefore, appears in the "front matter").

To edit a publication topic, select the publication's options menu ( ... ) and then select Edit > Open in Editor.

Publication topic. It contains certain info elements by default.

A publication topic has article as the top-level element instead of section. Inside the article element is an info element. The "front matter" elements need to go inside the info element. We use the term "info elements" to describe these elements collectively.

By default, Paligo includes the title, subtitle, mediaobject, volumenum, pubdate, copyright, legalnotice, and abstract elements inside the info element.


The mediaobject is set to have a role attribute with the value set to titleimage. This role and value is needed to make the image a cover image.

Element attributes side panel shows that the mediaobject element has a role attribute and its value is titleimage.

You can enter values for these elements, add other info elements, and remove any info elements you do not want to use.

To learn how to set up your publication topics, see:

Define the Appearance of the Info Elements

When you have set up your publication topics, you can use the layouts and CSS to control how Paligo processes them and styles them in the output.

For PDF, use the settings in the PDF layout, see Front Pages for PDF.

For HTML5 outputs, use the settings in the HTML5 layout and CSS. To learn how to view the styles in the HTML, make changes and upload CSS, see Branding your HTML Outputs with CSS.