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Front matter
Guidelines for displaying front matter

What is front matter[edit]

Front matter, or preliminaries ("prelims", for short), is the first section of a book, and is usually the smallest section in terms of the number of pages. The pages are numbered in lower-case Roman numerals. Each page is counted; but no folio or page number is expressed, or printed, on either display pages, or blank pages.— Excerpted from Book design on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Front matter will usually include a title page, a table of contents, a copyright page, and any acknowledgements, prefaces or forewords. It may include items such as a frontispiece and a half-title page. For Wikisource purposes, a book's cover may be considered part of the front matter.

Front matter on Wikisource[edit]

Front matter should be included in a Wikisource work. It should be proofread as normal from a scan and transcluded into the main namespace. Front matter is often transcluded into the base page while the body matter, the main part of a work, is transcluded into subpages. Sometimes some or all of the front matter is transcluded into subpages instead.

For example: The title page and table of contents of a novel will be shown in My Book, chapter one of the novel will be shown in My Book/Chapter 1, chapter two of the novel will be shown in My Book/Chapter 2, etc.. All of the front matter could be shown in My Book or in My Book/Front matter. If there is a long section of front matter, is could be shown in a separate subpage, eg. My Book/Preface, regardless of where the rest of the front matter is shown.

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Hidden front matter[edit]

Back matter[edit]