This is the reference page for the XML element narrative.


The free text name or description of the item being described. This can be repeated in multiple languages.


The text in this element must be of type xsd:string.

This element may occur any number of times.



A code specifying the language of text in this element. It is recommended that wherever possible only codes from ISO 639-1 are used. If not present, the default language is assumed.

This value must be on the Language codelist.

Example Usage

The narrative element can be used to declare freetext for the tag parent element.

  <tag vocabulary="1" code="1">
    <narrative>A description of the tag</narrative>
  <tag vocabulary="99" vocabulary-uri="" code="T1">
    <narrative>A description of the tag</narrative>

The narrative element can be repeated for any language additional to the default language set in iati-activity, by using the @xml:lang attribute:



The optional narrative element within a tag element was added.

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Last updated on 2018-02-19